Title

Synthesis and characterization of low dimensionality carbon nanostructures

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Materials Engineering

Department

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Andrey A. Voevodin

Abstract

Synthesizing nanostructures represents a critical technology in the field of materials science. The ability to actively control the structure and composition of matter have allowed some of the greatest scientific achievements in the last decade. This document explores the synthesis and characterization of various carbon nanostructures (e.g. DNA and doped fullerene materials). Furthermore, this document addresses how these materials can be processed into low dimensional solids while maintaining compositional integrity. Processing methods include Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition (MAPLE), thermal evaporation, and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). The synthesized bulk structures were analyzed using physical and structural measurements. Project conclusions provided insight into the unique structure-property relationships in these materials.

Keywords

Nanostructures Synthesis, Fullerenes Synthesis, DNA Synthesis, Materials science; carbon nanostructures; DNA; fullerene; doped fullerene; Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition; MAPLE; thermal evaporation; Chemical Vapor Deposition; CVD

Rights Statement

Copyright 2013, author

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