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2012-02-08 23:59:20

Scientists are reporting development of a new form of buckypaper, which eliminates a major drawback of these sheets of carbon nanotubes – 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, 10 times lighter than steel, but up to 250 times stronger – with potential uses ranging from body armor to next-generation batteries. Their report appears in the journal ACS Nano. In the study, Christopher Y. Li, Ph.D., and colleagues explain that there are several ways of making buckypaper, named for...

2010-12-18 08:37:45

Researchers at Brown University and in Korea have described the dynamics behind cutting single-walled carbon nanotubes, cylindrical structures just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair. The tubes are compressed by potent sonic booms, causing them to buckle at certain points at helical, 90-degree angles. The finding could lead to better-quality nanotubes for potential use in automotive, electronics, optics and other fields. Results appear in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.A pipefitter...

2009-01-14 09:15:16

Nanotubes, the tiny honeycomb cylinders of carbon atoms only a few nanometers wide, are perhaps the signature material of modern engineering research, but actually trying to organize the atomic scale rods is notoriously like herding cats. A new study* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Rice University, however, offers an inexpensive process that gets nanotubes to obediently line themselves up"”that is, self-assemble"”in neat rows, more like ducks.A...

2008-10-17 13:40:00

Researchers at Florida State University say a material commonly known as "buckypaper" could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made. Buckypaper, which resembles ordinary carbon paper, is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. But unlike conventional composite materials, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass. "All those things...

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