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Nanotube Nanotweezers

Science  10 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5447, pp. 2148-2150
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5447.2148

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Abstract

Nanoscale electromechanical systems—nanotweezers—based on carbon nanotubes have been developed for manipulation and interrogation of nanostructures. Electrically conducting and mechanically robust carbon nanotubes were attached to independent electrodes fabricated on pulled glass micropipettes. Voltages applied to the electrodes closed and opened the free ends of the nanotubes, and this electromechanical response was simulated quantitatively using known nanotweezer structure and nanotube properties. The mechanical capabilities of the nanotweezers were demonstrated by grabbing and manipulating submicron clusters and nanowires. The conducting nanotube arms of the tweezers were also used for measuring the electrical properties of silicon carbide nanoclusters and gallium arsenide nanowires.

  • * Present address: Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.

  • To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: cml{at}cmliris.harvard.edu

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