A nanorobotic manipulation setup for the handling and characterization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is presented. The nanorobotic setup can be integrated into a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and various endeffectors may be attached to the manipulator either for CNT handling or characterization. The pick-and-place task is carried out by using an electrothermal actuated microgripper, designed for controlled manipulation of nanotubes. The nanotube is picked up from an array of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and transferred to the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM) probe in order to assemble a high-aspect ratio AFM supertip. Another application of the nanorobotic setup considered in this paper is the nondestructive mechanical characterization of CNTs. A piezoresistive AFM probe is used to bend MWCNTs, while the bending force is measured, in order to estimate the Young's modulus of the investigated MWCNTs.
|Title of host publication||IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2007. IROS 2007.|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||2007 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - San Diego, CA, United States|
Duration: 29 Oct 2007 → 2 Nov 2007
|Conference||2007 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems|
|City||San Diego, CA|
|Period||29/10/2007 → 02/11/2007|