BuckyPaper: Stronger than Steel, Harder than Diamonds

BuckyPaperA Florida State University research group (FAC2T) is developing real-world applications for Buckypaper, a material that is 10 times lighter than steel and 250 times stronger — but also highly conductive of heat and electricity. Buckypaper is made from carbon nanotubes — amazingly strong fibers about 1/50,000th the diameter of a human hair that were first developed in the early 1990s. Buckypaper owes its name to Buckminsterfullerene, or Carbon 60 — a type of carbon molecule. If the researchers are successful in making Buckypaper hold a charge it would be more energy-efficient, lighter, and would allow for a more uniform level of brightness than current CRT and LCD technology. :: Via Clean Edge


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