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Posted: Jun 03, 2016
Birth and early history of carbon nanotubes (page 5 of 5)
CNTs: Current Status
Now, almost 25 years after the promulgation of CNTs on the scientific stage, they continue to attract significant attention of researchers across the globe, who are engaged in unlocking the potential of CNTs for diverse applications.
At this stage, it is more important to realize what CNT can achieve in terms of its application potential rather than who actually discovered it and what is its origin.
However, as far as the bigger picture is concerned, carbon is an important element in the evolution of earth and universe. Several carbonaceous compounds in the gas and solid state are ubiquitous in our and distant galaxies.
Moreover, a large number of molecules that are basic constituents of present-day biochemistry on earth have been found in the interstellar medium, planetary atmospheres and surfaces, comets, asteroids, etc.
Thus, understanding the formation of various carbon allotropes and other complex carbon containing molecules could hold clues to how carbon-based life forms such as ourselves developed.
So far, the progresses on technologies and products that employ CNTs are achieved at warp speed and numerous and diverse applications such as sporting equipment, solar cells, wind turbines, disk drives, batteries, antifouling paints for boats, flame retardants, life-saving medical devices, and drug delivery technologies have been demonstrated.
Recently, large scale industrial production of SWCNTs was also started by Japan based Zeon Corp. at their Tokuyama Plant located at Shunan city, Yamaguchi Prefecture32. The facility plans to produce SWCNTs with 99.5% purity in several tons annually.
Even though there are apprehensions regarding the competition from other materials, especially graphene, most of the experts still believe that the tiny tube still has a big future with the science and applications of CNTs contributing to the frontier of nanotechnology and related commercial products for many years to come.
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