Carbon Nanotubes – Manufacturing and Industrial Applications
Carbon nanotubes are discussed in this paper from the time of their discovery to present day applications.
Specifically the production methods, properties and industrial applications of carbon nanotubes are reviewed. Production
methods include classical approaches such as the arc method, chemical vapor deposition, laser ablation, and electric arc
discharge along with new methods which are being tested such as through solar energy, plasma and microgravity
environments. The electrical and mechanical properties and actual structure of carbon nanotubes are discussed in detail. Both
current applications of carbon nanotubes along with potential uses are also elucidated in this review. The data has been
compiled from open literature to comment on trends in behaviour of the carbon nanotubes.
Keywords - Single wall nanotubes; Multi-wall nanotubes; Nano meter; Chemical vapour deposition; Arc discharge; Carbon