Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics (PhD)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Physics

Advisor 1

Yoke Khin Yap

Committee Member 1

Craig Friedrich

Committee Member 2

Miguel Levy

Committee Member 3

Ravindra Pandey

Abstract

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) have been well known for their structural similarity to carbon nanotubes (CNTs), as well as for their superior mechanical properties. However, BNNTs are wide band gap semiconductors (band gap ~6eV), this hinders their applications in electronic devices. In this dissertation, different methodologies to functionalize the insulating BNNTs have been demonstrated and discussed, including metallic quantum dots (QDs-BNNTs), graphene (graphene-BNNTs), CNTs (CNT-BNNT). Furthermore, research effort on the exploration of fabricating gold quantum dots decorated BNNTs based one dimensional plasmonic devices will also be discussed.

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