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Researchers Build Better 'Buckypaper'
February 20, 2012
Buckypaper, named for Buckminsterfullerene, is a thin, strong sheet of carbon nanotubes and it conducts heat and electricity better than most known materials. A new method allows researchers to increase the size of pores between carbon nanotubes after they form the buckypaper, providing more control over the porosity--empty space in the material--which affects its conductivity, and its surface properties.
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