Research Overview

My PhD thesis "In Situ Monitoring and Control of Carbon Nanotube Synthesis" involves the development of equipment and techniques to study the inefficiencies in carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis. In particular, I studied the growth of vertically-aligned arrays of CNTs, or CNT "forests", consisting of creating catalyst nanoparticles on a substrate using a reducing agent, followed by CNT nucleation and growth upon introudction of a carbon source:

 

To better understand the complicated chemical environment and dynamics of self-assembly, I employed a multitude of characterization techniques throughout various stages of CNT growth:

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Research Portfolio summarizes equipment, methods, and results of some projects I've worked on.

Selected Publications in peer-reviewed journals.