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New high-performance fibre via nanotechnology [Registered]

The superior mechanical behaviour of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and their electrical and thermal functionalities has motivated researchers to exploit them as building blocks to develop advanced materials. Researchers at Northwestern University have created a high performance fibre from carbon nanotubes and a polymer that is remarkably tough, strong, and resistant to failure. Using state-of-the-art in-situ electron microscopy testing methods, the researchers led by Professor Horacio Espinosa at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science tested and examined the fibres at many different scales – from the nano scale up to the macro scale – which helped them understand just…

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