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Nanosynthesis by candlelight

Carbon nanoparticles are a by-product of making carbon nanotubes in an arc melter and have potentially useful optical properties. A recent discovery shows that these particles can be obtained by simply lighting a candle.

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Bottini, M., Mustelin, T. Nanosynthesis by candlelight. Nature Nanotech 2, 599–600 (2007).

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