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August 28th, 2006

Unlocking the secrets of stickiness

Abstract:
"We can make newer and better materials," said David Fowler, an epoxy expert and engineer at the University of Texas. "I suspect from nanotechnology we'll probably come up with a new generation of adhesives."

A.T. Charlie Johnson, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania, mixed tiny carbon nanotubes into epoxy. The material got somewhat stronger, and its ability to conduct heat changed, he said. "The nanotubes are very, very strong -- among the strongest materials known -- and so the idea is that when you put the epoxy under some kind of load of some sort, if you can transfer some of that load to the nanotubes, the combined system will be stronger than the original epoxy," he said.

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