HISTORY OF NANOTUBES

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Fullerenes 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.

  • Tube Fullerence Length ~ microns
    Diameter ~ 1-30 nm
    Interlayer distance ~ 0.34 nm

    Tube - Multi & Single-wall carbon nanotubes
  • 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).

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