Teslaphoresis | Self-Assembly of nanotubes using an electric field

Published May 31, 2022 140 Views

15 Apr 2016 Nanotubes assemble Rice introduces Teslaphoresis

Paul Cherukuri - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry:
"What we've designed, and we've done this very quietly, but we're glad to now release it to the world is this idea of TESLAPHORESIS, which is a discovery we made several years ago, and we've been developing it."

The simplest way to understand TESLAPHORESIS is self-assembly at a distance. Long-distance assembly of materials.

And what we did was - because we're at RICE, we had plenty of Nanotubes around, so we decided to use nanotubes, and what we discovered was that these Nanotubes can actually string together and form wires by themselves under this electric field.

Carter Kittrel - Rice University Research Scientist:
"When you normally build circuits, you have to have physical contact - now we're talking about building circuits without actually touching them"

Paul Cherukuri - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry:
"I realized that a Tesla Coil could actually do this if you designed it in a way to create a very strong force-field in front of them, and so that was the engineering aspect of it, and once I designed the machine then all sorts of discoveries started falling out of it."

Lindsey Bornhoeft - Graduate Student at Tesax A&M University
There are just so many avenues to TESLAPHORESIS, so many things that you can do with it - not just making conductive wires, but taking it in so many different places, not only just biomedical engineering but taking it into different industries like silicon chips or exploring different conductive materials.

Carter Kittrel - Rice University Research Scientist:
This also ties in just generally in nanotechnology, that self-assembly is very big. If you can get things to build themselves just as in biology we build ourselves.

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