A Few Basics concerning Nanotubes.........
Single Walled Nanotube (SWNT)
Nanotubes were discovered as a spin off of fullerene
They are sheets of graphite rolled up into cylinders
They range from 1 to tens of nanometers in diameter and can reach 1 micron
(1 millionth of a metre) in length
They have a broad range of electronic (metallic or semi-conducting - dependent
upon the twist of the tube), thermal (thermal conductivity dependent upon
the temperature) and structural (they can be straight or twisted) properties.
Click here to view and manipulate a spiral nanotube
They can be single or multiple wall structures:
They are very very strong - they have 100 times the tensile strength of
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