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Carbon nanotubes are being hailed as on the best discoveries of the 20th century, and the amazing physical properties of carbon nanotubes have extended their implications for science well into the 21st century as well. But what is it that makes these macromolecules so special and why are scientists working with them on a daily basis? It’s because of their amazing physical properties—properties so incredible that today they are still being disputed and also discovered.
When Sumio Iijima discovered carbon nanotubes in 1991, they were just thin and long cylinders of carbon and it was unknown at the time what the implications of this discovery would be. The physical properties of carbon nanotubes, including their size, shape and ability to be manipulated, yet stay strong, have made them a unique find amongst other macromolecules. Essentially, a carbon nanotube is akin to a sheet of graphite that has been rolled up into a cylindrical shape. What’s more, this sheet is comprised of a hexagonal latticework, making the physical properties of carbon nanotubes that much more fascinating and strange to both scientists and physicists.