Nanodrawing of Aligned Single Carbon Nanotubes with a Nanopen

Talia Yeshua, Christian Lehmann, Uwe Hübner, Suzanna Azoubel, Shlomo Magdassi, Eleanor E.B. Campbell, Stephanie Reich, Aaron Lewis*

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are considered pivotal components for molecular electronics. Techniques for SWCNT lithography today lack simplicity, flexibility, and speed of direct, oriented deposition at specific target locations. In this paper SWCNTs are directly drawn and placed with chemical identification and demonstrated orientation using fountain pen nanolithography (FPN) under ambient conditions. Placement across specific electrical contacts with such alignment is demonstrated and characterized. The fundamental basis of the drawing process with alignment has potential applications for other related systems such as inorganic nanotubes, polymers, and biological molecules.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1517-1522
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 9 Mar 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors declare the following competing financial interest(s): Aaron Lewis, The Eric Samson Professor of Applied Physics at The Hebrew University, also founded Nanonics Imaging Ltd whose AFM system and probes were used in the implementation of the research associated with this paper. The other authors have no competing or other interests that might be perceived to influence the results. This work was initiated under a joint grant NanoSci-E+ project NanoSpec (grant AF433309) led by Professor Eleanor Campbell. Preliminary experiments in applying FPN to carbon nanotube writing were performed jointly in the laboratories of Eleanor Campbell and Aaron Lewis by Kirsten Strain. T.Y. and A.L. acknowledge funding by the Israel Ministry of Science (grant AC109B35) and the Israel Ministry of Defense. C.L. and S.R. acknowledge funding by the European Research Council (ERC grant 210642) and the Center for International Collaboration at Freie Universitaet Berlin. S.A. and S.M. acknowledge the support of Singapore National Research Foundation under CREATE program and of the Israel Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative FTA Project. The authors thank F. Hennrich (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) for providing the first SWCNT dispersion. The authors thank also the Nanonics Imaging Ltd. team and especially Sonia Kokotov for preparing the nanopens for the experiments.

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© 2016 American Chemical Society.


  • AFM
  • FPN
  • Molecular electronics
  • Raman
  • carbon nanotube
  • nanochemical deposition


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