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Nanotube's 'Tapestry' Controls its Growth
February 5, 2009
Rice University materials scientists have put a new "twist" on carbon nanotube growth. The researchers found nanotubes grow like tiny molecular tapestries, woven from twisting, single-atom threads. The research appears online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and finds a direct relationship between a nanotube's "chiral" angle--the amount it's twisted--and how fast it grows.
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