Buckypaper Planes

20 10 2008

Remember the future?  Well, its back.  Physorg reports that FSU reseachers used high magnetism to cause carbon nanotubes to line up in the same direction, increasing their collective strength.

Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass.

The uses of such a material nearly boundless; from batteries and TV screens to low-weight EM interference shielding, computer heat sinks, automobiles and aerospacecrafts.

On the origin of bukminsterfullerene & carbon nanotubes:

The scientific discovery that led to buckypaper virtually came from outer space.

In 1985, British scientist Harry Kroto joined researchers at Rice for an experiment to create the same conditions that exist in a star. They wanted to find out how stars, the source of all carbon in the universe, make the element that is a main building block of life.
The surprise guest was a molecule with 60 carbon atoms shaped like a soccer ball. To Kroto, it also looked like the geodesic domes promoted by Buckminster Fuller, an architect, inventor and futurist. That inspired Kroto to name the new molecule buckminsterfullerene, or “buckyballs” for short.

Read full article HERE.




One response

24 11 2013

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