Guadalupe Workshop IX – Spring 2019

The purpose of the Guadalupe workshop is to bring together the world’s top experts in the fields of nanotube synthesis and processing to present experiments, theory and modeling efforts focused on all aspects of SWCNT nucleation, growth and production.  Substantial progress continues to take place globally in the controlled growth of SWCNTs through a variety of means, and as always, it is important to understand and disseminate these new developments to the nanotube growth community. The workshop will include discussion of processing and applications that inform current and future synthesis goals along with synthesis of other types of nanotubes and 2D materials to better understand SWCNT synthesis. Both researchers and developers will benefit from this open scientific exchange. The workshop will be organized around fundamental issues and areas of new interest, and is especially oriented toward exploring new thinking.

Our goal is that through this continuing scientific exchange, knowledge will be synthesized to give funding agencies, researchers and developers the insight necessary to develop efficient and commercially viable SWCNT production methods and programs.

Top Ten List of Questions for SWNT Growth 2019

1.What determines the catalytic efficiency of free and supported catalyst nanoparticles for nanotube nucleation and growth 

2.Is chirality determined during nucleation or growth (in high and low-T methods)? 

3.What factors determine the diameter, chirality, number of walls, and defects in nanotubes during nucleation and growth? 

4.What are the reactive species (including oxidants and promoters) and the chemical reaction pathways and dynamics leading to the effective nucleation, growth, and termination of carbon nanotubes

5.What is the nature of the carbon species near the nanoparticle/nanotube interface (e.g. dimers dissolved within, or on the surface of) and the insertion reactions for carbon incorporation? 

6.How does the nature and geometry of the catalyst support alter the mechanisms of nanotube nucleation, growth and chirality selection

7.How do the phases and crystalline orientations of nanoscale catalyst particles affect nanotube diameters, nucleation and growth kinetics, and chirality in both high- and low-temperature synthesis methods 

8.How do collective effects within evolving nanotube architectures affect synthesis dynamics ?

9.What are the mechanisms for growth termination

10.What are the rate-limiting steps in SWNT growth? 

  • *BONUS* What “killer application” of SWCNTs will drive future synthesis research?


Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Meijo Nano Carbon



Rice University

Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau


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