Image: Flattened Carbon Nanotube
Caption: William McDonough quote: "Design is the manifestation of human intent." Background image is a view from within a flattened twisted carbon nanotube.
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A team led by Vincent Crespi, associate professor of physics, has simulated carbon nanotubes that are smaller and stronger than any other nanotube. Using supercomputers in California, Michigan, and Texas to model the electronic states and total energies of various carbon molecules, Crespi and his colleagues discovered a tetrahedral carbon atom that creates tight and stable bonds to form tiny tubes only six atoms across—the smallest diameter theoretically possible. Crespi believes they may prove very useful in nanotechnology applications.
Source: Vin Crespi, Penn State Physics
NSF Funded: yes
This work was supported under National Science Foundation grant DMR 95-20554.
Quote Author: William McDonough, 1993
Quote: "Design is the manifestation of human intent."