Nanoscience Instruments launches benchtop carbon nanotube
7 Jan 2011
Nanoscience Instruments, a distributor of nanotechnology
instrumentation and supplies, has launched a new benchtop carbon
nanotube synthesis device.
The Nanotech Innovations SSP-354 is a low-cost system for producing
high-quality, multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The device uses an
injection CVD process developed at NASA and is integrated into an
instrument small enough to fit in a fume hood. The system can
produce research-quality, multi-wall carbon nanotubes within a few
The SSP-354 CNT system was designed with both affordability and
ease of use in mind. The user injects Nanotech Innovations'
organometallic precursor solution into a two-zone furnace where iron
catalyst particles are formed.
The SSP-354 Carbon nanotube furnace
Once growth is catalyzed, the nanotubes form on the surface of a
quartz process tube, which is later removed to collect the material.
The nanotubes average 50 nm in diameter and can be anywhere from
several micrometers to a few hundred micrometers in length,
depending on operating parameters.
Because the innovative design eliminates many of the steps
normally required in producing CNTs, the system is ideal for
educational environments where students may be trained to both
produce and characterize carbon nanotubes.
“The SSP-354 CNT system is a great complement to our easy to use
AFMs” says Mark Flowers, director at Nanoscience Instruments. “We
can now provide simple and cost-effective nanomaterial fabrication
along with our line of characterization tools.”