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Functionalized carbon nanotubes: A key to nanotechnology (FUNCARS)

Project ID: HPRN-CT-1999-00011


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Carbon nanotubes, a new 1D carbon material, were discovered around ten years ago.This new molecular form of carbon exhibits a series of fundamentally new and unexpected physical, mechanical and chemical properties and brought nanotubes into the position of one of the most promising tools in future nanotechnology. Depending on their structure, nanotubes can carry current with essentially no resistance, semiconducting tubes can be made switchable. Nanotubes can have implications for the fabrication of molecule-based electronic devices, nanotransistors and memory elements. Due to their extraordinary mechanical properties considerable interest is in the development of carbon composites for applications in automobile and aerospace industry.

Until now, the majority of the investigations on carbon nanotubes has been carried out with an insoluble form of solid state material and on undefined mixtures with different characteristics with respect to their properties. In this context, chemical functionalization will provide solubility to the tubes and transform them into rocessible material.Thus, functionalization of nanotubes becomes an essential prerequisite for potential nanotechnological applications and can be seen as a key to nanotechnology.

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Record Number: 4888 / Last updated on: 2003-03-03
Category: PRJS