Carbon Nanotube Based Nanotechnology


Date Thursday April 15th 2004
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

The combination of remarkable mechanical properties and unique electronic properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offers significant potential for revolutionary applications in electronics devices, computing and data storage technology, sensors, composites, storage of hydrogen or lithium for battery development, nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and as tip in scanning probe microscopy (SPM) for imaging and nanolithography. Thus the CNT synthesis, characterization, and applications touch upon all disciplines of science and engineering. This talk will provide on overview of of CNT growth, and application development in many of the above areas in addition to a brief introduction to NASA mission needs.


Meyya Meyyappan is Director of the Center for Nanotechnology as well as Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. He is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnolgy(IWGN) established by the Office of Science and Technolgy Policy(OSTP). The IWGN is responsible for putting together the National Nanotechnolgy Initiative.

Dr. Meyyappan's group, consisting of about 60 scientists, has been engaged in carbon nanotube(CNT) based nanotechnology, inorganic nanowires, protein nanotubes, biosensor development, chemical sensors, molecular electronics, nanotechnology in genomics, quantum computing, computational electronics, computational optoelctronics, and computational nanotechnology. For further information on his group, see He is a member of IEEE, AIChE, AVS, ECS, ASME, and MRS. He is a Fellow of IEEE. He is the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology and ASME's Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology. He has been awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal for his work on nanotechnology.

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