HISTORY OF NANOTUBES
Carbon nanotubes were originally discovered as
by products of fullerenes and now are considered to be the
building blocks of future nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices.
Length ~ microns
Diameter ~ 1-30 nm
Interlayer distance ~ 0.34 nm
1991: Multi-walled carbon nanotubes, by Iijima (Nature 354, 56 (1991)).
1993: Single-wall carbon nanotubes by Iijima, Bethune, et al.
2001: Single crystals of single-walled carbon nanotubes
(see R. R. Schlittler et. al., Science 292 , 1136 (11 May 2001).