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Ultralight carbon based aerogel with tremendous application potential [Registered]

A spongy substance that could be mistaken for packing material has the nanotechnology world buzzing. University of Central Florida Associate Professor Lei Zhai and postdoctoral associate Jianhua Zou have engineered the world’s lightest carbon material in such a way that it could be used to detect pollutants and toxic substances, improve robotic surgery techniques and store energy more efficiently. The new material belongs to the family of the lightest solid, also known by its technical name of aerogel or its common nickname of “frozen smoke.” Zhai’s team created multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) aerogel. Carbon nanotubes are so small that thousands…

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