High-strength and multifunctional macroscopic fabric of single-walled carbon nanotubes Academic Article uri icon


  • Chemically knitted macroscopic single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) fabrics, which were achieved by the in situ crosslinking of SWNTs under electron-beam irradiation were demonstrated. The resulting macroscopic fabrics showed substantial improvement of mechanical properties, and also inherit the outstanding thermal and electric conductivities of SWNTs. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements revealed that the average rope size of the nanotubes was 15 nm, ranging from 1 nm to 30 nm. The density of crosslinkage in the fabric can be estimated with the Brenner potential model. Raman spectroscopy and TEM characterization validated the existence of cross-linkage. Irradiation treatment provides a practical means to the mass production of strong SWNT membrane materials, which are highly desired for various industrial applications such as medical devices, and electronic applications.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, S., Liang, Z., Wang, B., & Zhang, C.

citation count

  • 52

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Shiren||Liang, Zhiyong||Wang, Ben||Zhang, Chuck

publication date

  • May 2007