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Science. 2013 Jan 11;339(6116):182-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1228061.

Strong, light, multifunctional fibers of carbon nanotubes with ultrahigh conductivity.

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Applied Physics Program, The Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA.

Abstract

Broader applications of carbon nanotubes to real-world problems have largely gone unfulfilled because of difficult material synthesis and laborious processing. We report high-performance multifunctional carbon nanotube (CNT) fibers that combine the specific strength, stiffness, and thermal conductivity of carbon fibers with the specific electrical conductivity of metals. These fibers consist of bulk-grown CNTs and are produced by high-throughput wet spinning, the same process used to produce high-performance industrial fibers. These scalable CNT fibers are positioned for high-value applications, such as aerospace electronics and field emission, and can evolve into engineered materials with broad long-term impact, from consumer electronics to long-range power transmission.

PMID:
23307737
DOI:
10.1126/science.1228061
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