Nano and Micro Based Antennas and Sensors

Technology Overview

The subject technology is a method of fabricating nanostructures, which can then be used to fabricate nanotechnology antennae. The structures themselves may be fabricated from carbon nanotubes (CNT), nanofibers, fullerenes, or a combination of these. These structures are all different carbon molecules. Carbon nanotubes used may be single-walled, multi-walled, or a combination.
The fabrication method also allows the use of different types of substrates. For example, the antenna may be manufactured on plastic (to make a flexible circuit), glass (such as would be used for flat screen TV), ceramic, etc.

Potential Benefits

• Versatile – may be used with any form of carbon nanostructure or a combination
• Multiple substrates – may be formed on many types of substrate materials, including glass, plastic, ceramic, wood, and biological material
• High bandwidth – antennas can be designed from 5 kHz to 500 THz
• Simulatable – it appears the formed structure closely matches the software simulation

Potential Applications

• Photovoltaics – to make ultra-efficient solar panels
• Other optic systems – night vision goggles, telescopes
• Cancer treatment – nano-antennas have been studied to transmit certain radio frequencies to destroy cancer cells
• Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of the heart – removal of scar or diseased tissue in the heart

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Patent Information Application


Keywords: carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, nanotech antenna, cnt fabrication
Inventors:Alexandru S. Biris, Taha Elwi, Hussain Al-Rizzo, Daniel Rucker