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Nanotube composites

A carbon revolution has occurred — carbon atoms can be coaxed into several topologies to make materials with unique properties. Nanotubes are the vanguard of this innovation, and are on the cusp of commercial exploitation as the multifunctional components of the next generation of composite materials.

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Figure 1: Slippery interfaces.


Figure 2: Fractured composites.


Figure 3: Chemical modification of carbon nanotubes.


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Ajayan, P., Tour, J. Nanotube composites. Nature 447, 1066–1068 (2007).

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