Tsinghua University (Beijing, CN) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (New Taipei, TW)
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention is related to nano-structure-based devices, and particularly to a method of manufacturing a single-dimensional device based on nano-structures.
2. Discussion of the Related Art
Many nano-scale structures can be created artificially using fields including silicon nano-threads and carbon nanotubes. Nano-structures are being integrated into a variety of fields, such as, field effect transistors, sensors, and AFMs. (AFMs).
For example, as regards the AFM, the probe tip of the AFM typically has the nano-structure of carbon nanotubes or a single carbon nanotube. The following methods are used to attach the carbon nanotube/tubes to the probe tips: (1) Drawing a bundle of carbon Nanotubes , or one carbon nanotube from bundles of Carbon Nanotubes using an optical microscope; (2) placing the carbon nanotube/tubes onto a probe tip using another AFM; (3) creating the carbon nanotube/tube extension with the probe tip.
However, the above-mentioned methods have common shortcomings, because they are complex procedures, take a lot of time, and have low production efficiency.
What’s needed, therefore, is to provide a method to manufacture a nano-structure-based device that is simple to control, and which is also more efficient in terms of time.
A method for making a nano-structure-based one-dimensional device that is described herein typically comprises the steps involved in preparing an emulsion containing one-dimensional nano-structures and supplying a pair of electrical conductors that each have a tip, the tips thereof being separated from and opposed to one another; applying the solution to the tips of the electrical conductors the tips thereby being interconnected with the solution, applying an electric voltage to the two conductors thereby atleast one one-dimensional nano-structure is connected to at least one tip of the electrical conductors; and then removing the liquid solvent of the solution.
These and other aspects, aspects, and advantages of the nano-structure-based one-dimensional device will be more obvious through the detailed description and claims, and the accompanying drawings.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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