Landers, Robert D.
An apparatus has been developed with the intent to produce beams consisting of C60 and Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) by using Electrospray Ionization. Although Electrospray Ionization is commonly used for producing beams of large biomolecules, this technique has not been attempted before for producing Fullerene beams.
Through the process of Electrospray Ionization, beams consisting of C60, and Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) can be obtained and measured using electrometers. Utilizing these measurements various alterations have been done to maximize the intensity of these beams. Many more minor and major additions are planned to improve the sensitivity of measurements as well as the consistency of spray producible through this apparatus. The major improvement planned is the addition of a magnetic field sufficient to bend the beam in such a way as to separate a certain mass to charge ratio of particles.
Cardenzana, Joshua V., "Electrospray Ionization Applied to C60 and Carbon Nanotubes" (2007). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 196.