Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron: 972361

Proposal Number: 10.10-7819B

Project Title: Large Scale Synthesis of Single-Walled Nanotubes

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) or Buckytubes, with a diameter of only 1.5 nm, represent the ultimate carbon fibers. The high tensile modulus of the tubes, combined with their extremely large aspect ratio and low density, make them ideal candidates for use as structural reinforcements in composite materials. However, before such applications can be taken seriously, a truly large scale, economic process for the synthesis of SWNTs must be developed. The leading current method for their production utilizes an electric arc between two catalytic metal doped carbon rods, a batch process that yields only grams per day. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) proposes a new synthesis route based on the thermal decomposition of hydrocarbons in the presence of a gas phase metal catalyst, a continuous process that can be readily scaled to industrially relevant capacities. A modification of this process is currently used for large scale commercial production of fullerenes at TDA.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

SWNTs have been proposed as lighter, higher strength replacements for carbon fibers in composite materials, as well as field emitters for flat panel displays, replacing liquid crystal displays. Other applications include lubricants, in vivo biological sensors, and vessels for performing nanoscale chemical synthesis.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Dr. J. Michael Alford

TDA Research, Inc.

12345 W. 52nd Ave.

Wheat Ridge , CO 80033

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Mr. Michael E. Karpuk

TDA Research, Inc.

12345 W. 52nd Ave.

Wheat Ridge , CO 80033