Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are shown to disperse in water, and be functionalized using RNA so that MWCNT/RNA hybrids can be fabricated on substrates by spray method. The material has strong adhesion on glass substrates or metal wires. A liquid elastomer surface treatment is used to make the field emitter tips protrude from the cathode. Possible methods of realizing field emitter sources, including X-ray sources, are discussed. The MWCNT/RNA hybrids have a higher emission current density and more uniform emission image than the MWCNTs on their own, since the RNA coated MWCNTs attach more strongly to the substrate. A diode configuration field emission X-ray source using the MWCNT/RNA hybrids on tungsten wire tip was tested and found to provide clear X-ray images.
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- Materials Science(all)