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In Nanotube Growth, Errors Are Not an Option
June 15, 2012
At the right temperature, with the right catalyst, there's no reason a perfect, single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair can't be grown a meter long. That calculation is one result of a study by collaborators at Rice, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Tsinghua universities who explored the self-healing mechanism that could make such extraordinary growth possible.
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