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In-situ Fluid Experiments in Carbon Nanotubes

  • Yury Gogotsi (a1), Joseph A. Libera (a2), Almila GüvenÇ Yazicioglu (a2) and Constantine M. Megaridis (a2)

Abstract

Closed-end multi-wall carbon nanotubes, which contain an encapsulated aqueous multi-phase fluidunder high pressure, have been produced by hydrothermal synthesis. These nanotubes are leak-tight by virtue of holding the fluid at the high vacuum of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and can be used as a testplatform for unique in-situ nanofluidic experiments in TEM. They form an experimental apparatus, which is at least two orders of magnitude smaller than the smallest capillaries used in fluidic experiments so far. Excellent wettability of the carbon tube walls by the liquid and a dynamic behavior similar to that in micro-capillaries demonstrates the possibility of use of nanoscale (<100 nm) tubes in nanofluidic devices.However, complex interface behavior that can potentially create hurdles to fluid transport is also demonstratedherein.

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In-situ Fluid Experiments in Carbon Nanotubes

  • Yury Gogotsi (a1), Joseph A. Libera (a2), Almila GüvenÇ Yazicioglu (a2) and Constantine M. Megaridis (a2)

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