Engineering chirality at wafer scale with ordered CNT architecture (Rice University and others)


A new technical paper titled “Engineering chirality at wafer scale with ordered carbon nanotube architectures” was published by researchers at Rice University, University of Utah, J.A. Woollam Co. and Tokyo Metropolitan University.


“Creating artificial matter with controllable chirality in a simple and scalable manner brings new opportunities to diverse areas. Here we show two such methods based on controlled vacuum filtration – twist stacking and mechanical rotation – for fabricating wafer-scale chiral architectures of ordered carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with tunable and large circular dichroism (CD). By controlling the stacking angle and handedness in the twist-stacking approach, we maximize the CD response and achieve a high deep-ultraviolet ellipticity of 40 ± 1 mdeg nm−1. Our theoretical simulations using the transfer matrix method reproduce the experimentally observed CD spectra and further predict that an optimized film of twist-stacked CNTs can exhibit an ellipticity as high as 150 mdeg nm−1, corresponding to a g factor of 0.22. Furthermore, the mechanical rotation method not only accelerates the fabrication of twisted structures but also produces both chiralities simultaneously in a single sample, in a single run, and in a controllable manner. The created wafer-scale objects represent an alternative type of synthetic chiral matter consisting of ordered quantum wires whose macroscopic properties are governed by nanoscopic electronic signatures and can be used to explore chiral phenomena and develop chiral photonic and optoelectronic devices.”

Find the technical paper here. Published November 2023.

Doumani, J., Lou, M., Dewey, O. et al. Engineering chirality at wafer scale with ordered carbon nanotube architectures. Nat Commun 14, 7380 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-43199-x.


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