Carbon nanotube-based membranes: A platform for studying nanofluidics

Jason K. Holt, Hyung Gyu Park, Aleksandr Noy, Thomas R Huser, David Eaglesham, Olgica Bakajin

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A membrane of multiwalled carbon nanotubes embedded in a silicon nitride matrix was fabricated for use in studying fluid mechanics on the nanometer scale. Characterization by fluorescent tracer diffusion and scanning electron microscopy suggests that the membrane is void-free near the silicon substrate on which it rests, implying that the hollow core of the nanotube is the only conduction path for molecular transport. Nitrogen flow measurements of a nanoporous silicon nitride membrane, fabricated by sacrificial removal of carbon, give a flow rate of 0.086 cc/sec. Calculations of water flow across a nanotube membrane give a rate of 2.1×10 -6 cc/sec (0.12 μL/min).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2004 4th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 4th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology - Munich, Germany
Duration: Aug 16 2004Aug 19 2004


Other2004 4th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Membranes
  • Microfabrication
  • Nanofluidics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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