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September 24th, 2009
Tired of carbon nanotubes? Me, too. Well, a little bit. Every day, when the editors search out the best R&D news on the web for the R&D Daily e-newsletter, it seems that carbon nanotubes and their endless variations dominates materials research news.
This is not entirely fair—nanotechnology is a dominant subject, and not everything small needs to involve carbon. And yes, I realize the potential importance of the remarkable electrical and tensile properties of these unique constructs if they can be leveraged everyday use. I, too, want aircraft unmolested by extraneous electrical fields. I, too, want to see long-life electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, and for researchers to find the magic formula for pure, aligned, centimeters-long aligned multi-walled tubes. But as I look at my desk calendar, I see that for the month of October I will be regaled by an image of a giant clump of carbon nanotubes from last year's Nikon Small World competition. Hmmm….it seems I can't escape them.
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