Fabrication of silicon-based actuators using branched carbon nano-structures

Sara Darbari, Yaser Abdi, Aida Ebrahimi, Shamsoddin Mohajerzadeh

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We report a novel interdigital sensor and actuator device based on branched tree-like carbon nanotubes (CNT) on silicon-based membranes with a high capacitance value. The presence of tree-like CNTs leads to a high overlap between interdigital fingers owing to their three dimensional nanometric features, hence increasing the value of the capacitance from 0.2 to 15 pF. The electromechanical behavior of the device has been investigated with monitoring capacitive characteristics of the sensor. An almost linear rise in the capacitance value by applying the external voltage is observed which could be due to the modulated overlapping between neighboring electrodes. The response of the sensor/actuator device to various frequencies has been studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5657224
Pages (from-to)1535-1540
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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