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Sorting out carbon nanotube electronics

A new and scalable method for separating metallic from semiconducting carbon nanotubes will make for easier wiring of nanocircuits and lead to more reliable nanoelectronic devices.

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Figure 1: Carbon nanotubes wrapped with surfactants can be separated by diameter and electronic type when centrifuged at high g-forces.

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Rinzler, A. Sorting out carbon nanotube electronics. Nature Nanotech 1, 17–18 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2006.76

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