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Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers
March 25, 2014
Nanotechnology is advancing tools that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. When paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, the voltage required was 1,000 times reduced, the signal was sharpened and the equipment was able to capture far more delicate molecules. The research is detailed in a designated "very important paper" by the journal Angewandte Chemie.
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