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September 3rd, 2004

Spinning nanotubes leads to fibres

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University and Carbon Consultations, all in the US, say they have carried out the first large-scale manufacture of fibres composed solely of single-walled carbon nanotubes. The team used a conventional solution spinning technique to make fibres around 100 Ám in diameter. "Throughout the relatively brief history of carbon nanotube research, the creation of a usable nanotube fibre has been one of the ultimate goals," said John Fischer of the University of Pennsylvania. "Its applications are nearly limitless, from replacing copper wiring to creating super-strong fabrics to, as some have suggested, building the cable tethers that will allow space elevators to travel from the earth to orbit." (more on earlier article)


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