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NEWS: Scientists Demonstrate Carbon Nanotube Ribbons

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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.

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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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posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 11:14 AM
Big Deal

Any development in this field is a pretty significant thing.

Aside from the sheets described here, carbon tubes may eventually make such things as space elevators possible and other things that are science fiction today.

Definitely a big YES vote for the article.

posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 07:06 PM
I've been following this with great interest. Within the past month, even, there has been a flurry of announcements of great advancements in the CNT. It's really great stuff. We could even be a decade away of some truly great achievments, which 6 months ago I would've said was laughable.

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