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Industrial Applications of Carbon Nanotubes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323414814, 9780323415316

Industrial Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

1st Edition

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Editors: Huisheng Peng Qingwen Li Tao Chen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323414814
eBook ISBN: 9780323415316
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 21st October 2016
Page Count: 508
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Controllable Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes

  • 1.1. Introduction
  • 1.2. Controllable Synthesis of Individual SWNTs on Substrates
  • 1.3. Synthesis of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays

Chapter 2. Structure and Properties of Carbon Nanotubes

  • 2.1. Introduction
  • 2.2. Geometric Structure and Symmetry of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
  • 2.3. Electronic Properties of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
  • 2.4. Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 2.5. Thermal Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 2.6. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 3. Carbon Nanotubes for Defect Monitoring in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites

  • 3.1. Introduction
  • 3.2. Utilization of CNTs for Monitoring Structural Defects in FRPs
  • 3.3. Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 4. Carbon Nanotubes for Displaying

  • 4.1. Brief Introduction About Display Technologies
  • 4.2. CNT in FED
  • 4.3. CNT in LCD
  • 4.4. CNT in OLED
  • 4.5. CNT in Other Kinds of Display
  • 4.6. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 5. Carbon Nanotubes for Sensing Applications

  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Biosensors
  • 5.3. Gas Sensors
  • 5.4. Strain and Pressure Sensors
  • 5.5. Flow Sensors
  • 5.6. Mass Sensors
  • 5.7. pH Sensors
  • 5.8. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 6. Stimuli-Responsive Materials From Carbon Nanotubes

  • 6.1. Introduction
  • 6.2. Actuators From Carbon Nanotubes
  • 6.3. Chromic Materials From CNTs
  • 6.4. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 7. Wearable Carbon Nanotube Devices for Sensing

  • 7.1. Introduction
  • 7.2. Wearable CNT Sensors for Health Care
  • 7.3. Wearable CNT Sensors for Motion Detection
  • 7.4. Wearable CNT Sensors for Environment Prober
  • 7.5. Challenge and Perspectives

Chapter 8. Use of Carbon Nanotubes in Third-Generation Solar Cells

  • 8.1. Introduction
  • 8.2. Carbon Nanotubes
  • 8.3. Transparent Conducting Electrodes
  • 8.4. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
  • 8.5. CNTs in Organophotovoltaic Solar Cells
  • 8.6. Carbon Nanotube/Silicon or Nanotube/Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells
  • 8.7. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 9. Application of Carbon Nanotubes in Lithium-Ion Batteries

  • 9.1. Introduction
  • 9.2. Mechanism of Lithium Ion Intercalation and Adsorption in CNTs
  • 9.3. SWCNTs and MWCNTs as Anode for LIBs
  • 9.4. CNTs With Different Morphologies as Anode for LIBs
  • 9.5. CNT-Based Composite Electrodes
  • 9.6. CNTs as Conductive Additives
  • 9.7. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 10. Carbon Nanotubes for Electrochemical Capacitors

  • 10.1. Introduction
  • 10.2. Architecture Dependence of CNTs for Capacitance
  • 10.3. Supercapacitors Based on Aligned CNTs
  • 10.4. High-Performance CNT Hybrids for Capacitance
  • 10.5. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 11. Carbon Nanotubes for Biomedical Applications

  • 11.1. Introduction
  • 11.2. Toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 11.3. Carbon Nanotubes for Delivery Systems
  • 11.4. Carbon Nanotubes for Therapy
  • 11.5. Carbon Nanotubes in Tissue Engineering
  • 11.6. Carbon Nanotubes for Biosensing
  • 11.7. Carbon Nanotubes for Bioimaging
  • 11.8. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 12. Carbon Nanotube Fibers for Wearable Devices

  • 12.1. Introduction
  • 12.2. Preparation and Properties of Carbon Nanotube Fibers
  • 12.3. Carbon Nanotube Fiber for Wearable Energy Conversion Devices
  • 12.4. Carbon Nanotube Fiber for Wearable Energy Storage Devices
  • 12.5. Carbon Nanotube Fiber for Wearable Integrated Device of Energy Conversion and Storage
  • 12.6. Conclusion

Chapter 13. Growth of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes and Their Applications

  • 13.1. Introduction
  • 13.2. In Situ Alignment Control
  • 13.3. Spinnable CNT Forests
  • 13.4. Applications of Aligned CNTs
  • 13.5. Summary and Outlook

Chapter 14. Safety of Carbon Nanotubes

  • 14.1. Introduction
  • 14.2. Potential Exposure of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 14.3. Biodistribution of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 14.4. Transmembrane Transportation of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 14.5. Biodegradation of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 14.6. Toxic Effects of Carbon Nanotubes
  • 14.7. Factors Determining CNT Toxicity
  • 14.8. Summary and Perspectives

Chapter 15. Challenge and Opportunities of Carbon Nanotubes

  • 15.1. Challenges and Opportunities in the Synthesis and Processing of CNTs
  • 15.2. Challenges and Opportunities in the Application of CNTs
  • 15.3. Extended Applications of CNTs With Incorporation of Graphene
  • 15.4. Perspective


Industrial Applications of Carbon Nanotubes covers the current applications of carbon nanotubes in various industry sectors, from the military to visual display products, and energy harvesting and storage. It also assesses the opportunities and challenges for increased commercialization and manufacturing of carbon nanotubes in the years ahead.

Real-life case studies illustrate how carbon nanotubes are used in each industry sector covered, providing a valuable resource for scientists and engineers who are involved and/or interested in carbon nanotubes in both academia and industry. The book serves as a comprehensive guide to the varied uses of carbon nanotubes for specialists in many related fields, including chemistry, physics, biology, and textiles.

Key Features

  • Explains how carbon nanotubes can be used to improve the efficiency and performance of industrial products
  • Includes real-life case studies to illustrate how carbon nanotubes have been successfully employed
  • Explores how carbon nanotubes could be mass-manufactured in the future, and outlines the challenges that need to be overcome


Materials scientists, engineers, physicists and chemists


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About the Editors

Huisheng Peng

Huisheng Peng received his BEng in Polymer Materials from Donghua University in China in 1999, MSc in Polymer Science from Fudan University in China in 2003 and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University in USA in 2006. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Peng has been appointed as a Professor at Department of Macromolecular Science at Fudan University since October 2008. He is a pioneer of the fiber-shaped energy harvesting and storage device.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Qingwen Li

Qingwen Li received her PhD from Tsinghua University in China in 2001. She worked at Peking University as a postdoctoral fellow from 2001 to 2003. Then, she moved to University of Cambridge as a Research Associate from 2003 to 2005. After that, she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2005 to 2007. She joined Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics in 2007. Her expertise is controlled growth of aligned carbon nanotubes and their applications in the fields of structural materials and electronics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Jiangsu, China

Tao Chen

Tao Chen is a professor in Department of Chemistry at Tongji University since December 2014. He received his BS and MS from Zhengzhou University in 2006 and 2009, respectively, and received a PhD from Fudan University in 2012. Then, he moved to Case Western Reserve University as a research associate from 2012 to 2014. His research interests focus on the design and fabrication of carbon nanomaterials for flexible, wearable and stretchable energy conversion, storage and their integrated devices.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University, Shanghai, China