Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > Press > Massive Rice Nanotube Makes Guinness World Records

Skyscraper-length Model Will Block Campus Traffic Prior To Display at HMNS

Massive Rice Nanotube Makes Guinness World Records

April 14, 2005

WHAT: Dozens of Rice students are teaming up this Earth Day to build one of the largest chemistry models ever constructed. At 1,000 feet horizontally, the bright blue model of a carbon nanotube will be as long as Houston’s tallest skyscraper, downtown’s JPMorganChase Tower. It will take 70-plus students four hours to build, and it’s so long it will spill across the campus’s main thoroughfare, forcing a traffic detour. Guinness World Records will certify it as the world’s largest nanotube model. Following assembly, 400 feet of the model will be carried to the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) for display.

DATE: Friday, April 22

   Rice University academic quad 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 6100 Main Street.

   Houston Museum of Natural Science 4-6:30 p.m., One Herman Circle Drive.

WHO: Rice’s Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology

WHY: Rice is home to the world’s premier nanotube research lab, and Houston is poised to be a major player in the production and use of nanotubes.

Carbon nanotubes are molecules of pure carbon with unique and wondrous properties. They are 100 times stronger than steel, but weigh one-sixth as much. They can be metals or semiconductors, and scientists hope to use them in everything from spacecraft and microchips to body armor and medical scanners.

The Earth Day event also celebrates the environmental benefits of nanotubes, particularly in the area of sustainable energy supplies. Nanotubes are expected to revolutionize energy production, storage and transport, and they are already being studied for use in ultraefficient power cables, advanced fuel cells and affordable, efficient solar cells.


Rice Contact:
Jade Boyd
(o) 713-348-6778
(c) 713-302-2447

HMNS Contact:
Lydia Baehr
(o) 713-639-4773

Copyright © Rice University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press


Iranian Scientists Present Graphic Model for Interaction of Anti-HIV Drug, HIV Virus November 20th, 2015

A simple, rapid test to help ensure safer meat November 19th, 2015

New Model Presented to Design, Produce Electronic Nanodevices November 6th, 2015

Are cars nanotube factories on wheels? Rice University, Paris colleagues: Study of lung cells suggests nanotubes are common pollutants October 20th, 2015


A new form of real gold, almost as light as air November 27th, 2015

Medical and aerospace electronics powered by Picosun ALD November 26th, 2015

MIT mathematicians identify limits to heat flow at the nanoscale: New formula identifies limits to nanoscale heat transfer, may help optimize devices that convert heat to electricity November 25th, 2015

Physicists explain the unusual behavior of strongly disordered superconductors: Using a theory they developed previously, the scientists have linked superconducting carrier density with the quantum properties of a substance November 25th, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

Car Brands
Buy website traffic