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February 26th, 2007

Nanotubes sprout fullerene buds

Abstract:
A new carbon-based hybrid material is set to make an impact on the microelectronics industry. Christened 'nanobuds', the material consists of single-walled carbon nanotubes with football-shaped fullerenes stuck on their outer surfaces, like Brussels sprouts on a stalk. This hybrid concoction combines the qualities of both robust nanotubes and reactive fullerenes to give budded carbon branches suited to a host of electronic applications, with superior room-temperature electron emission properties to carbon nanotubes alone.

Discovered by a Finnish-based international team of scientists led by Albert Nasibulin and Esko Kauppinen from Helsinki's University of Technology, nanobuds are produced in one step by the controlled decomposition of carbon monoxide on the surfaces of iron particles.

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