Abstract

Carbon nanotube arrays have been found to be highly effective at carrying out intracellular delivery of cargo at high efficiencies while ensuring cell viability. Template based chemical vapor deposition is a commonly used process to fabricate these arrays. However, current etching methods used to expose carbon nanotubes from templates are expensive and time consuming. The high cost and time-consuming processes currently required to fabricate such arrays are factors which limit the commercialization of this technology and inhibit scope for larger research programs. In this thesis, alternative nanofabrication methods were explored with the aim of making the fabrication of CNT arrays cost effective and efficient. Mechanical polishing coupled with wet chemical etching is shown as a feasible alternative option to dry etching. The effects of process variables on physical properties of CNT arrays have been studied and quantified in order to demonstrate control over the process. Scanning Electron Microscopy has been used to qualitatively understand the differences between CNT arrays fabricated using dry etching and the alternative process. Cell culture has been demonstrated on the CNT arrays and the potential to use 3D printing to fabricate a nanofluidic device is also demonstrated. The alternative process can save etching time by 97% while maintaining a similar level of control over the process. This study, therefore, opens the path to quicker production of CNT arrays at low cost for biomedical use.

Publication Date

8-2-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)

Advisor

Michael G. Schrlau

Advisor/Committee Member

Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard

Advisor/Committee Member

Thomas Gaborski

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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