PNNL-led group controls loading of functional anchor molecules on carbon nanotubes without encumbering tubes strength, conductivity
Touch the tines of a tuning fork and it goes silent. Scientists have faced a similar problem trying to harness the strength and conductivity of carbon nanotubes, regarded as material of choice for the next generation of everything from biosensors to pollution-trapping sponges.
Leonard Fifield, a staff scientist at the Department of Energys Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and colleagues at PNNL and the University of Washington say they can now control the deposition of anchors on a carbon nanotube, 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, without muting the nanotubes promising physical properties.
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