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Integraton of the Social Science in Nano Research and Education, Text Slide 17 of 22

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Text: Integraton of the Social Science in Nano Research and Education

Caption: Boron Nitride Nanotube

Caption: A view down the middle of a boron nitride nanotube. More about this Image: 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: Dr. Vincent H. Crespi , Penn State Physics

NSF Funded: Yes

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, National Science Foundation. DMR-0213623 ·Control of Nanostructures Via Metal-Carbon Interactions Over Multiple Length, National Science Foundation. NIRT DMR-0103585

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