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Slide Image: Flattened Carbon Nanotube. A view from within a flattened twisted carbon 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.

Image Credit: Vin Crespi, Penn State Physics

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