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May 15th, 2007

Firm takes a giant step with the tiny nanotube

Abstract:
Tiny carbon nanotubes are long on promise.

They're strong: 100 times stronger than steel. Lightweight: 30 percent lighter than aluminum. And conductive: they dissipate heat and carry electricity as efficiently as copper.

What the mighty nanotube — cylindrical shaped and just 1 nanometer across, about 80,000 times narrower than a human hair — has lacked is an efficient means of production to put its titanic powers toward a commercial end. Most manufacturing methods have produced powdery clumps of nanotubes.

A New Hampshire-based company, Nanocomp Technologies, claims to have changed that. The company's chief executive, Peter Antoinette, said Nanocomp has succeeded in producing nanotubes that are a few tenths of an inch long, or hundreds of thousands of times longer than they are wide.

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