December 9, 2003
Researchers at Rice University have discovered how to create continuous fibers from single-walled carbon nanotubes.
Scientists estimate nanotubes are about 100 times stronger than steel at one-sixth the weight. By comparison, Kevlar — the fiber used in bulletproof body armor — is about five times stronger than an equal weight of steel.
By dissolving nanotubes in strong sulfuric acid, a team of chemists and chemical engineers was able… read more