Chemical vapor detection using single-walled carbon nanotubes

E. S. Snow, F. K. Perkins, J. A. Robinsona

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes possess unique properties that make them a potentially ideal material for chemical sensing. However, their extremely small size also presents technical challenges for realizing a practical sensor technology. In this tutorial review we explore the transduction physics by which the presence of molecular adsorbates is converted into a measurable electronic signal, and we identify solutions to the problems such as nanotube device fabrication and large, low-frequency noise that have inhibited commercial sensor development. Finally, we examine strategies to provide the necessary chemical specificity to realize a nanotube-based detection system for trace-level chemical vapor detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-798
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 23 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)


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