MRS Proceedings


Directed Assembly of Nanoelements Using Electrostatically Addressable Templates

2005 MRS Fall Meeting.

Xugang Xionga1, Prashanth Makarama2, Kaveh Bakhtaria3, Sivasubramanian Somua4, Ahmed Busnainaa5, Jason Smalla6, Nick Mcgruera7 and Jingoo Parka8

a1, Northeastern University, 467 Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA, 02115, United States, 617-373-8297



a4 ssomu@ECE.NEU.EDU



a7 mcgruer@ECE.NEU.EDU

a8, Hanyang University, Korea, Republic of


Directed assembly of nanoparticles and single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) using electrostatically addressable templates has been demonstrated. Nanoparticles down to 50 nm are assembled on the Au micro and nanowires of the templates in a DC and AC electric fields. The nanoparticles can be assembled in monolayers and thicker layers. Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are also assembled without alignment on Au wires using the nanotemplate. As the size of the template wires is reduced to nanoscale dimensions, an AC electric field proves to be more effective for nanoparticle assembly than a DC electric field.

(Received November 21 2005)

(Accepted December 30 2005)

Key Words

  • self-assembly;
  • nanoscale;
  • nanostructure
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