Carbon Nanotubes in Materials
The use of carbon nanotubes in materials allows the developement of
components with very high strength-to-weight ratios, conductive
materials and even materials that change shape when a voltage is
applied. This page provides
examples of how carbon nanotubes are being used in energy applications.
A Survey of Carbon Nanotube Applications in Materials
NIST researchers have developed a
coating made with carbon
nanotubes that reduces the flammability of foam used in funiture.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a
method to straighten the carbon nanotubes as the nanotube-polymer
composite is being formed. They found that
straightening the nanotubes increased the tensile strength of the
nanotube-polymer composite, as well as improving the electrical and
A lightweight, low power
using carbon nanotubes in a layer coated onto aircraft wing surfaces.
Static dissipative plastic
molding compounds containing nanotubes that can be used to make parts such
as automobile fenders that can be electrostatically painted.
Strong, lightweight composites of carbon nanotubes and other materials that can be used to
Cables made from carbon nanotubes strong enough to be used in
building the Space Elevator
to drastically reduce the cost of lifting people and materials into orbit.