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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.
Learn more about carbon nanotubes from the many resources on this site, listed below. More information on Carbon nanotubes can be found here.
Direct mechanical measurement of the tensile strength and elastic modulus of multiwalled carbon nanotubes
07 Oct 2011 | Papers | Contributor(s): Brian Demczyk, Y.M. Wang, J. Cumings, M. Hetman, W. Han, A. Zettl. R. O. Ritchie
This work represents the first in-situ measurenment of the tensile strength of a carbon nanotuube.
In-situ carbon nanotube tensile test
07 Oct 2011 | Animations | Contributor(s): Brian Demczyk
This represents the first in-situ tensile test observed in a transmission electron microscope.
BME 695L Lecture 5: Nanomaterials for Core Design
03 Oct 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): James Leary
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5.1.1 core building blocks
Tutorial 2: Thermal Transport Across Interfaces - Electrons
16 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Thermal boundary resistance
Real interfaces and measurements
Carbon nanotube interfaces
“Electronics from the Bottom Up” is an educational initiative designed...
Nanodays - Space—Lab on Chip Technology: The final frontier
18 May 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Marshall Porterfield
D. Marshall Porterfield is a Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering with a joint appointment in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Dr. Porterfield received his B.S. from the...
NanoDays - Artificial Photosynthesis with Biomimetic Nanomaterials: Self-Repairing Solar Cells
05 May 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jong Hyun Choi
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Putting the Electron’s Spin to Work
14 Apr 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Daniel Ralph
I will discuss recent progress in experimental techniques to control the orientations of nanoscale magnetic moments and electron spins, and to use these new means of control for applications. One...
Tutorial 2: A Bottom-Up View of Heat Transfer in Nanomaterials
23 Mar 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
This lecture provides a theoretical development of the transport of thermal energy by conduction in nanomaterials. The physical nature of energy transport by two carriers—electrons and...
Illinois Nano EP Seminar Series Spring 2010 - Lecture 3: Characterization and Modeling of Transport in Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Films for Device Applications
23 Feb 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ashkan Behnam
Single‐walled carbon nanotube (CNT) films are transparent, conductive, and flexible materials. These films have uniform physical and electronic properties, and can be mass produced in a cost...
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23 Feb 2011 | Tools | Contributor(s): Anisur Rahman, Jing Wang, Jing Guo, Md. Sayed Hasan, Yang Liu, Akira Matsudaira, Shaikh S. Ahmed, Supriyo Datta, Mark Lundstrom
Calculate the ballistic I-V characteristics for conventional MOSFETs, Nanowire MOSFETs and Carbon NanoTube MOSFETs
Illinois Nano EP Seminar Series Spring 2010 - Lecture 5: Alignment of Carbon Nanotubes: a Route to Nanoelectronics
29 Jan 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jianliang Xiao
Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) possess extraordinary electrical properties, with many possible applications in electronics. Dense, horizontally aligned arrays of linearly configured SWNTs...
Translational Research in Nano and Bio Mechanics
18 Nov 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ken P. Chong
One of the most challenging problems is the integration and interface between wet (biological) and dry (structural) materials. Nano and bio science and engineering is one of the frontiers in...
Chemically Enhanced Carbon-Based Nanomaterials and Devices
09 Nov 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam
Carbon-based nanomaterials have attracted significant attention due to their potential to enable and/or improve applications such as transistors, transparent conductors, solar cells, batteries,...
13 May 2010 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Chanaka Suranjith Rupasinghe, Mufthas Rasikim
ninithi which is a free and opensource modelling software, can be used to visualize and analyze carbon allotropes used in nanotechnology. You can generate 3-D visualization of Carbon nanotubes,...
Self-Consistent Geometry, Density and Stiffness of Carbon Nanotubes
05 May 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): R. Byron Pipes
A self-consistent set of relationships is developed for the physical properties of single
walled carbon nanotubes (SWCN) and their hexagonal arrays as a function of the chiral
Self-Consistent Properties of Carbon Nanotubes and Hexagonal Arrays as Composite Reinforcements
05 May 2010 | Papers | Contributor(s): R. Byron Pipes
A self-consistent set of relationships is developed for the physical properties of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCN) and their hexagonal arrays as a function of the chiral vector integer pair,...
Carbon nanotube bandstructure
22 Apr 2010 | Animations | Contributor(s): Saumitra Raj Mehrotra, Gerhard Klimeck
Carbon nanotubes are allotropes of carbon with a cylindrical nanostructure, and can be categorized into single-walled nanotubes (SWNT) and multi-walled nanotubes (MWNT). These cylindrical carbon ...
ECET 499N Lecture 11: Carbon Nanotubes - Synthesis and Applications
12 Apr 2010 | Online Presentations
Guest Lecture: Sungwon S. Kim
ECET 499N Lecture 10: Nanomaterials
12 Apr 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Helen McNally
Carbon Nanotube Relay
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16 Feb 2010 | Tools | Contributor(s): Sansiri Tanachutiwat, wei wang
CNT NEMS as mechanical relay for memory applications