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Teasing Apart Nanotubes: Fast-spun carbon fibers may feed an industry

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10:06am, October 11, 2006

Nanoscale tubes of carbon could potentially lead to novel technologies, such as electronic circuits that are much faster and more compact than those made today. However, the batches of carbon nanotubes that manufacturers now produce are difficult to use because they contain a hodgepodge of tubes of varying electronic properties and diameters.

Now, researchers have devised a way to sort these nanotubes. The technique could clear a major obstacle to industrial-scale application of the tubes in circuits, sensors, computer screens, and other products, say Michael S. Arnold and his colleagues at Northw

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