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Carbon nanofibers is a supermaterial. It is stronger, more elastic, and lighter than steel. It conducts heat and electricity better than metals. And it can be used to thousandfold the surface of materials. Let’s take a closer look at these tiny fellows. What is a carbon nanofiber (CNF)? A carbon nanofiber (CNF) is a carbon-made material so thin that...
The invention: An interposer device comprising an interposer substrate; a plurality of conducting vias extending through the interposer substrate; a conductor pattern on the interposer substrate, and a nanostructure energy storage device. The nanostructure energy storage device comprises at least a first plurality of conductive nanostructures formed on the interposer substrate; a conduction controlling material embedding each nanostructure in the first plurality of conductive nanostructures; a first electrode connected to each nanostructure in the first plurality of nanostructures; and a second electrode separated from each nanostructure in the first plurality of nanostructures by the conduction controlling material, wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are configured to allow electrical connection of the nanostructure energy storage device to the integrated circuit.
This is the second article in a series of three in which Smoltek founder and strategic advisor Shafiq Kabir share his personal thoughts on nanotechnology opportunities. In the last article, he addressed the hype surrounding carbon nanotechnology. In this one, he takes you into the reality of the nanotechnology entrepreneur. He tells you about real challenges that await breakthroughs that carbon nanotechnology can help within the near future.
A method for manufacturing a plurality of nanostructures on a substrate. The method comprises the steps of: depositing a bottom layer on an upper surface of the substrate, the bottom layer comprising grains having a first average grain size; depositing a catalyst layer on an upper surface of the bottom layer, the catalyst layer comprising grains having a second average grain size different from the first average grain size, thereby forming a stack of layers comprising the bottom layer and the catalyst layer; heating the stack of layers to a temperature where nanostructures can form; and providing a gas comprising a reactant such that the reactant comes into contact with the catalyst layer.