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100 amps of electricity crackle in a vacuum chamber, creating a spark that transforms carbon vapor into tiny structures. Depending on the conditions, these structures can be shaped like little, 60-atom soccer balls, or like rolled-up tubes of atoms, arranged in a chicken-wire pattern, with rounded ends. These tiny, carbon nanotubes, discovered by Sumio Iijima at NEC labs in 1991, have amazing properties. They are 100 times stronger than steel, but weigh only one-sixth as much. They are incredibly resilient under physical stress; even when kinked to a 120-degree angle, they will bounce back to their original form, undamaged. And they can carry electrical current at levels that would vaporize ordinary copper wires.

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  1. Aaron Franklin

    Aaron Franklin received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008 and his B.S.E. degree from Arizona State University in 2004, both in electrical engineering. Since 2009, he has been a Research...


    Third year phd student

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    Research assistant at University of Florida

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    A Curious Student involved in science

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  19. Lourdu Deepak

    Hi friends, Currently i'm doing my master in VLSI design, and looking forward to a project in Nano electronics which is totally related to nano fabrication and nano FINFETs and all other explained...

  20. Nadya Mason

    Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Nadya Mason received her bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University in 1995 and received..., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.