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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. 3D Molecular Models

    21 Jun 2007 | | 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 small as caffeine to major proteins and viruses.Nicholas Vargo created this kiosk presentation as an...

  2. Bandstructure of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanoribbons

    14 Jun 2007 | | 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 background in bandstructure, the module starts with sections that introduce bandstructure basics. To this...

  3. From Research to Learning in Chemistry through Visualization and Computation

    17 May 2007 | | 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 periodic table instead of the computational methods that drive current chemistry research. In this talk,...

  4. Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials

    15 May 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher

    Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects ofnanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,recent work has shown that the electric field around a nanoscale fieldemission device can increase the average energy of emitted electrons. Weconsider here...

  5. BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoelectronics and Semiconductor Devices

    23 Apr 2007 | | 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 upcoming year.

  6. BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoscale Energy Conversion

    23 Apr 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher

    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 upcoming year.

  7. Atomistic Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials

    16 Apr 2007 | | 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 tensional and twisting properties are considered in this study.

  8. Fouling Mechanisms in Y-shaped Carbon Nanotubes

    04 Apr 2007 | | 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 developed. One possible filter is a Y-shaped carbon nanotube (Y-tube). By changing the sizes of the...

  9. CMOS-Nano Hybrid Technology: a nanoFPGA-related study

    04 Apr 2007 | | 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 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada....

  10. MSE 376 Lecture 7: Carbon Nanomaterials, part 2

    22 Mar 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Mark C. Hersam

  11. MSE 376 Lecture 6: Carbon Nanomaterials, part 1

    22 Mar 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Mark C. Hersam

  12. MSE 376 Lecture 8: Carbon Nanomaterials, part 3

    22 Mar 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Mark C. Hersam

  13. Schottky-Barrier CNFET

    16 Mar 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Arash Hazeghi, Tejas Krishnamohan, H.-S. Philip Wong

    Simulate Carbon Nanotube field Effect transistor with Schottky Barriers

  14. Carbon Nanotubes Interconnect Analyzer (CNIA)

    14 Mar 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Sansiri Tanachutiwat, Wei Wang

    Analyze performances of carbon nanotube bundle interconnects

  15. What Can the TEM Tell You About Your Nanomaterial?

    26 Feb 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Eric Stach

    In this tutorial, I will present a brief overview of the ways that transmission electron microscopy can be used to characterize nanoscale materials. This tutorial will emphasize what TEM does well, as well where difficulties arise. In particular, I will discuss in an overview manner how...

  16. Dendrimer-Templated Catalyst for Controlled Growth of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes by Plasma-Enhanced CVD

    20 Feb 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Placidus Amama

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an important class of materials with several technological applications because they possess unparalleled properties in terms of ballistic electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, tensile strength, and sensitivity to chemical and biological agents. To exploit...

  17. CNTFET Lab

    13 Mar 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Neophytos Neophytou, Shaikh S. Ahmed, POLIZZI ERIC, Gerhard Klimeck, Mark Lundstrom

    Simulates ballistic transport properties in 3D Carbon NanoTube Field Effect Transistor (CNTFET) devices

  18. SPMW Nanotube, nanoneedle and nanomeniscus: mechanical and wetting properties of modified AFM tip apex

    12 Dec 2006 | | Contributor(s):: J. P. Aimé

    Among AFM microscopes, Dynamic force microscopes (DFM) are very sensitive to variation of minute forces involved in the interaction between the tip and the surface. However, despite numerous efforts, imaging and probing mechanical properties of soft materials in air and water at the nm scale are...

  19. SPMW Nanomechanics: from nanotechnology to biology

    12 Dec 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Elisa Riedo

    The development of new materials with size of few nanometers has opened a new field of scientific and technological research. The goal is to develop faster and better communication systems and transports, as well as smarter and smaller nanodevices for biomedical applications. To reach these...

  20. Highly Efficient Thermal Transport: The Application of Carbon Nanotube Array Interfaces

    01 Feb 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Baratunde A. Cola

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have received much attention in recent years for their extraordinary properties that through careful engineering may be leverage for the development of numerous advantageous applications. However, to date, only few CNT based applications exist in the market place. So when...