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Journal of Nanotechnology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 512738, 10 pages
Review Article

Study of Carbon Nanotube-Substrate Interaction

Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Received 13 July 2011; Accepted 27 September 2011

Academic Editor: Angel Berenguer

Copyright © 2012 Jaqueline S. Soares and Ado Jorio. 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.


Environmental effects are very important in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This work reviews the importance of the substrate in single-wall carbon nanotube properties. Contact with a substrate can modify the nanotube properties, and such interactions have been broadly studied as either a negative aspect or a solution for developing carbon nanotube-based nanotechnologies. This paper discusses both theoretical and experimental studies where the interaction between the carbon nanotubes and the substrate affects the structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of the tubes.