Multiwall nanotubes with intramolecular junctions (CNx/C): Preparation, rectification, logic gates, and application

Hu, Ping'an; Xiao, Kai; Liu, Yunqi; Yu, Gui; Wang, Xianbao; Fu, Lei; Cui, Guanglei; Zhu, Daoben
June 2004
Applied Physics Letters;6/14/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 24, p4932
Academic Journal
We prepared a large quantity of multiwall nanotubes with intramolecular junctions (CNx/C) by pyrolysis of iron phthalocyanine with or without an inlet of ammonia gas. The nanotubes consist of two sections, one section made of carbon nitride featuring bamboo-like structure and the other one made of carbon featuring empty hollow cylinder structure, and thus the intramolecular junctions were formed in the middle as a result of being doped or undoped with nitrogen. Nanodiode based on a single CNx/C junction shows reproducible rectifying behavior with a rectification ratio of 1.3×103 at ±2 V. In addition, the nanodiode demonstrated as a half-wave rectifier worked at an input sine wave of 1 kHz. Two CNx/C junctions were configured together to exhibit functions of OR and AND logic gates. Moreover, after substituting the wave-detection silicon diode in common transistor radio set with our nanodiode, the radio set still worked normally, representing an important step toward the potential application for nano-scale devices. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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