Spinning carbon nanotube (CNT) thread directly from 4-6 mm long aligned carbon nanotube arrays is reported here. The strength of carbon nanotube thread was improved by optimizing the chemical vapor deposition parameters for growing long aligned carbon nanotube arrays. The morphological and structural characterization of CNT arrays and threads were studied by Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. After optimization of growth parameters threads were spun with diameters between 10 and 70 μm. We have achieved thread strength of about 280 MPa.
- Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) (deposition)