posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 10:56 AM
Scientists from the University of Texas have unveiled a method for producing large ribbons composed entirely of carbon nanotubes. Researchers have
long known how to make the nanotubes, but have struggled to come up with a way to transition their syntheses into manufacturing processes for the
production of bulk materials. With this advance, futuristic applications of the high strength, electrically conductive, lightweight substance are
another step closer.
WASHINGTON -- Transparent sheets made from minute carbon tubes may have uses ranging from artificial muscles to light-producing displays to
electronic sensors, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Texas scientists say the newly developed sheets are stronger than steel sheets of the same weight.
Commercial applications of the sheets may be possible in a short time, according to Ray H. Baughman, a co-author of a paper reporting the development
in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
While there is a bit of hyperbole in the news article, imo, if this method can be adapted to a manufacturing-level process, then truly revolutionary
products are not so far away.
The links below lead to a press release from the University of Texas at Dallas, the UTD Nanotechnolgy Institute's webpage, and the Table of Contents
from the issue of Science that contains the article announcing the advance, respectively.
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[edit on 8/20/2005 by ChemicalLaser]