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Advances in OptoElectronics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 482741, 6 pages
Research Article

Assembly of Carbon Nanotubes between Electrodes by Utilizing Optically Induced Dielectrophoresis and Dielectrophoresis

1Department of Engineering Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
2Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan

Received 1 May 2011; Revised 30 June 2011; Accepted 6 July 2011

Academic Editor: Aaron T. Ohta

Copyright © 2011 Pei-Fang Wu and Gwo-Bin Lee. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study reports a new approach for assembling carbon nanotubes (CNTs) between electrodes combination of optically induced dielectrophoresis force and dielectrophoresis force. Metal electrodes and amorphous silicon layer were first patterned and then used to assemble CNTs. By utilizing moving light patterns, the CNTs could be collected to the central area between two metal electrodes. The CNTs with different concentrations can be collected and aligned to form CNTs lines with different widths. The immobilization of preassembled CNTs was also demonstrated by exposing them to an ultraviolet light source such that they can be fixed at the prealigned location. Then photoresist asher was used to get rid of the cured polymer. The development of the new platform can be promising to massively assemble CNTs.