Superior properties but prone to corrosion

Selective Dissolution of Retained Austenite in Nanostructured Ba

Australian scientists found cause and effect of nanostructured bainitic steel’s tendency to corrosion susceptibility.

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Carbon nanotubes could be grown through combustion

Carbon nanotubes from combustion. Image: ITbM, Nagoya University.

A research team have revealed that the molecular mechanism of carbon nanotube (CNT) growth and hydrocarbon combustion actually share many similarities.

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Drawing chemical sensors on paper with a flexible toy pencil

Flexible toy pencil (left) traces are made of polymer/graphite composite, which function as chemiresistor upon exposure to volatile chemical vapors. Image courtesy of Jiaxing Huang.

Research team at Northwestern University show that chemical sensors capable of detecting toxic vapors can be drawn with a toy pencil on paper.

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Mass production of polymer-nanotube composite fibers

Forcespun composite carbon fibers from Fiberio setup

Mass production of polymer-nanotube composite fibers using FibeRio forcespinning technology for cheap and strong carbon fibers.

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Protein-based solar cell handles variable light better

Protein-based photoelectrochemical cell produces a direct current under continuous light but a novel alternating current under discontinuous illumination.

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Book review: Carbon nanotubes and graphene for photonic applications

Carbon nanotubes and graphene for photonic applications

Mildred Dresselhaus reviews Carbon nanotubes and graphene for photonic applications, released this year by Woodhead Publishing.

Quick as you like: Carbon nanosheets allow direct electron transfer in biofuel cells

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A high performance laccase-based biofuel cell cathode is developed using carbon nanosheets as the catalyst support and buckypaper as the substrate electrode.

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Tooling of carbon nanotubes

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Danish and German researchers applied a controllable method to peel carbon nanotubes and form nano-protrusion structures.

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Carbon nanotubes toughen up boron carbide

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A US/China research team has fabricated a high-quality, exceptionally tough CNT/B4C composite.

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Why are vertically aligned carbon nanotube structures so weak?

(Left to right) Georgia Tech Ph.D. student Wei Chen, Professor Suresh Sitaraman and Ph.D. student Nick Ginga examine a carbon nanotube sample against a backdrop of scanning electron microscope images of carbon nanotubes. Image: Georgia Tech/Rob Felt.

A new study has found that “waviness” in forests of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes dramatically reduces their stiffness.

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