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Understanding Carbon Nanotubes – What Is A Nanotube?

Wondering what a nanotube is? There was a lot of speculation in 1970s about what the carbon nanotubes would be used for and there was a great mystery around understanding carbon nanotubes.

The first nanotubes were said to be “grown” from a technique known as vapour—growth. The scientific community did not initially embrace the idea that these were in fact the first carbon nanotubes, and the credit went elsewhere in 1991.

The earlier nanotubes were considered to be too thin in diameter to receive recognition by the scientific community. These early “carbon nanotubes” are now known as the “barrelenes.” At this time, carbon nanotubes were able to be observed under the higher technology of the electron miscroscope. Read the rest of this entry »

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The History of Carbon Nanotubes – Who Invented The Nanotube?

The history of carbon nanotubes is not entirely clear even for those in the science therefore giving proper credit to the person that invented the carbon nanotube has been the subject of several high tech debates among the scientific communities.

The initial history of nanotubes started in the 1970s. A preparation of the planned carbon filaments was completed by Morinobu Endo who was earning his Ph.D. at the University of Orleans, France.

The growth of these carbon filaments were initially thought to be the first carbon nanotubes. However, they failed to meet the measurement requirements for width and thus were deemed, eventually, barrelenes.

This was still a highly important development in the history of carbon nanotubes, but it just wasn’t the right time to be considered the first recognized invention. Read the rest of this entry »

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