Carbon nanotubes and microwaves: interactions, responses, and applications

ACS Nano. 2009 Dec 22;3(12):3819-24. doi: 10.1021/nn901604j.


The interaction of microwaves with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is an interesting topic for a variety of potential applications. Microwaves have been used for the purification of CNTs and for their chemical functionalization, providing a technique for simple, green, and large-scale protocols. In addition, the selective destruction of metallic CNTs under microwave irradiation could potentially result in a batch of semiconducting-only nanotubes. As an innovative application, the combination of microwaves with well-aligned CNTs could produce a new illumination technology. Moreover, the microwave absorbing properties of CNTs and their different behavior from typical organic compounds may open the door to the preparation of a wide range of new materials useful in many fields. A few examples of practical applications include electromagnetic interference for protecting the environment from radiation and microwave hyperthermia for cancer treatment as well as other medical therapies requiring precise heating of biological tissues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Hyperthermia, Induced / trends*
  • Microwaves / therapeutic use*
  • Nanomedicine / trends*
  • Nanotubes, Carbon / chemistry*
  • Nanotubes, Carbon / radiation effects*


  • Nanotubes, Carbon