Spinning Nanotube Fibers?
January 19, 2013 in Technology
“Mimicking silk-spinning spiders, scientists have created a type of nanotube fiber with an unmatched combination of strength, conductivity and flexibility. These light, versatile fibers could find uses in the aerospace, automotive, medical industries, as well as the smart-clothing markets, researchers say. Carbon nanotubes are hollow tubes of pure carbon just nanometers or billionths of a meter in diameter. Although they are only about the width of a strand of DNA, they are about 100 times stronger than steel and only one-sixth as heavy, and their conductive properties for both electricity and heat rival the best metal conductors enthralling qualities that have attracted much interest from researchers since they were discovered in 1991.”