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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.
Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 4: Geometry Optimization and Seeing What You're Doing
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13 Feb 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jeffrey C Grossman, Elif Ertekin
In this lecture, we discuss various methods for finding the ground state structure of a given system by minimizing its energy. Derivative and non-derivative methods are discussed, as well as the...
Heat Transfer across Solid Contacts Enhanced with Nanomaterials
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11 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
This presentation will describe thermal transport processes at solid-solid material interfaces. An overview of applications in the electronics industry will serve to motivate the subject, and then...
Dynamics on the Nanoscale: Time-domain ab initio studies of quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and molecule-semiconductor interfaces
01 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Oleg Prezhdo
Device miniaturization requires an understanding of the dynamical response of materials on the nanometer scale. A great deal of experimental and theoretical work has been devoted to characterizing...
Crystal Viewer Tool
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11 Jan 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Yuanchen Chu, Fan Chen, Daniel F Mejia, James Fonseca, Michael Povolotskyi, Gerhard Klimeck
Visualize different crystal lattices and planes
Excellence in Computer Simulation: Computational Materials
20 Dec 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Schwegler
This presentation was one of 13 presentations in the one-day forum,
"Excellence in Computer Simulation," which brought together a broad
set of experts to reflect on the future of...
17 Dec 2007 | Tools | Contributor(s): Joe Ringgenberg, P. Alex Greaney, daniel richards, Jeffrey C Grossman, Jeffrey B. Neaton, Justin Riley
Study the transfer of energy between the vibrational modes of a carbon nanotube.
New Dimension in Performance: Harnessing 3D Integration Technology
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29 Nov 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kerry Bernstein
Despite generation on generation of scaling, computer chips have remained essentially 2-dimensional. Improvements in on-chip wire delay, and in the total number of inputs and outputs has not been...
Oligodeoxyribonucleotide Association with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
06 Aug 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jennifer McDonald
Commercially available single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) tend to aggregate as ropes and bundles during production making them of little use in many scientific and industrial applications. An...
The Effect of Physical Geometry on the Frequency Response of Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistors
03 Aug 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dave Lyzenga
In order for carbon nanotube (CNT) electrical devices to be fabricated, it is necessary to obtain modifiable operation characteristics. Developing parametric equations to achieve this...
Introduction to FETToy
03 Jul 2007 | Learning Modules | Contributor(s): James K Fodor, Jing Guo
This learning module introduces nanoHUB users to the FETToy simulator. A brief introduction to FETToy is presented, followed by voiced presentations featuring the simulator in action. Upon...
Introduction to CNTbands
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28 Jun 2007 | Learning Modules | Contributor(s): James K Fodor, Jing Guo
This learning module introduces nanoHUB users to the CNTbands simulator. A brief introduction to CNTbands is presented, followed by voiced presentations featuring the simulator in action. Upon...
3D Molecular Models
26 Jun 2007 | Animations | Contributor(s): Nicholas Vargo
This animation was created as part of the Children's Museum Nanotechnology Exhibit to give the viewer an idea of what objects look like at the nano-level. The molecules range from something as...
Bandstructure of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanoribbons
14 Jun 2007 | Learning Modules | Contributor(s): James K Fodor, Seokmin Hong, Jing Guo
This learning module introduces users to the Carbon-Nano Bands simulation tool, which simulates the bandstructure of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Nanoribbons (CNRs). To gives users a strong...
From Research to Learning in Chemistry through Visualization and Computation
21 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Jakobsson
Modern chemistry research and high school chemistry education are separated by institutional and geographical boundaries. As such, much of secondary chemistry education is still based on the...
Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials
15 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects of
nanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,
recent work has shown that the electric field...
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoelectronics and Semiconductor Devices
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): David Janes
This presentation is part of a collection of presentations describing the projects, people, and capabilities enhanced by research performed in the Birck Center, and a look at plans for the...
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoscale Energy Conversion
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Atomistic Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): SeongJun Heo, Susan Sinnott
The mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes are studied by using classical molecular dynamics simulations. Especially, the effects of filling, temperature, and functionalization on CNT's...
Fouling Mechanisms in Y-shaped Carbon Nanotubes
04 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jason Myers, SeongJun Heo, Susan Sinnott
In the modern pharmaceutical and chemical industries, solutions of extremely high purity are needed. Current filtration methods are reaching the limits of their abilities, so new filters must be...
CMOS-Nano Hybrid Technology: a nanoFPGA-related study
04 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Wei Wang
Dr. Wei Wang received his PhD degree in 2002 from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2002 to 2004, he was an assistant professor in the...