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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.
2004 Linking Bio and Nano Symposium
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26 Jul 2004 | Workshops
Explore ways universities can work together in Bio-NanoTechnology. Discover research opportunities in this emerging area. Network with professionals and researchers who share common interests. Hear …
2004 Molecular Conduction Workshop
08 Jul 2004 | Workshops
The tutorials supplied below were part of the Molecular Conduction Workshop held at Northwestern University in July of 2004.
2005 Molecular Conduction and Sensors Workshop
27 Jul 2005 | Workshops
This is the 3rd in a series of annual workshops on Molecular Conduction. The prior workshops have been at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN (2003) and Nothwestern University, Evanston, IL (2004). …
Mini-Workshop on Carbon-Nanotube FETs
13 May 2003 | Workshops
This informal one-day workshop was intended to discuss theory, modeling, and simulation for CNT-electronics, specifically FETs. The objective was to kick off an NSF-funded project on the modeling and …
SURI 2003 Conference
07 Aug 2003 | Workshops
2003 SURI Conference Proceedings
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