News Release 06-144
Researchers Develop Method to Sort Carbon Nanotubes by Size and Electrical Properties
Method could make better batches for commercial applications
October 4, 2006
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Carbon nanotubes sport a long list of powerful properties, from superior strength to finely tuned electrical conductivity. But current methods for synthesizing them yield mixtures of the tiny tubes that have a variety of diameters and properties. That lack of consistency limits their use in commercial technology.
Now, NSF-supported researchers at Northwestern University have developed a method to sort carbon nanotubes that vary from each other by no more than 0.02 nanometers (billionths of a meter).
The results are published in the October 2006 inaugural issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
See the Northwestern news release at http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/.
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