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Rep Prog Phys. 2012 Nov;75(11):116501. doi: 10.1088/0034-4885/75/11/116501. Epub 2012 Oct 16.

Torsional electromechanical systems based on carbon nanotubes.

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  • 1Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901, USA.


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are among the most highly studied nanomaterials due to their unique (and intertwined) mechanical and electrical properties. Recent advances in fabrication have allowed devices to be fabricated that are capable of applying a twisting force to individual CNTs while measuring mechanical and electrical response. Here, we review major results from this emerging field of study, revealing new properties of the material itself and opening possibilities for advances in future devices.

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