Device Fabrication and Probing of Discrete Carbon Nanostructures

  • Nitin M Batra

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Device fabrication on multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) using electrical beam lithography (EBL), electron beam induced deposition (EBID), ion beam induced deposition (IBID) methods was carried out, followed by device electrical characterization using a conventional probe station. A four-probe configuration was utilized to measure accurately the electrical resistivity of MWCNTs with similar results obtained from devices fabricated by different methods. In order to reduce the contact resistance of the beam deposited platinum electrodes, single step vacuum thermal annealing was performed. Microscopy and spectroscopy were carried out on the beam deposited electrodes to follow the structural and chemical changes occurring during the vacuum thermal annealing. For the first time, a core-shell type structure was identified on EBID Pt and IBID Pt annealed electrodes and analogous free standing nanorods previously exposed to high temperature. We believe this observation has important implications for transport properties studies of carbon materials. Apart from that, contamination of carbon nanostructure, originating from the device fabrication methods, was also studied. Finally, based on the observations of faster processing time together with higher yield and flexibility for device preparation, we investigated EBID to fabricate devices for other discrete carbon nanostructures.
Date of AwardMay 6 2015
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorPedro M.F.J. Costa (Supervisor)


  • Carbon
  • Carbon Nanotube
  • Electronic Beam Lithography
  • Electronic Beam Induced Deposition
  • Ion Beam Induced Deposition
  • Graphitization

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