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Nanotubes from Carbon P. M. Ajayan

Summary: Nanotubes from Carbon
P. M. Ajayan
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590
Received June 29, 1998 (Revised Manuscript Received March 4, 1999)
I. Nanotubular Carbon 1787
II. Assembly in Carbon Soot 1790
III. Distinguishing Properties 1793
IV. Nanotubes for the Marketplace 1795
V. Conclusions 1797
VI. Acknowledgments 1798
VII. References 1798
I. Nanotubular Carbon
It is the chemical genius of carbon that it can bond
in different ways to create structures with entirely
different properties. Graphite and diamond, the two
bulk solid phases of pure carbon, bear testimony to
this. The mystery lies in the different hybridization
that carbon atoms can assume. The four valence
electrons in carbon, when shared equally (sp3 hybrid-


Source: Ajayan, Pulickel M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University


Collections: Materials Science