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Single walled carbon nanotubes of one stereochemistry - material for the oncoming carbon age.

Funding: 2002: $60,000
2003: $55,000
2004: $55,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2002

Summary: Carbon nanotubes are finding application in nanotechnology. However currently they are prepared as a mixture of zig-zag, chiral and armchair isomers. Their properties could be improved if they could be prepared with one stereochemistry. The approach here is to use a nanocrystallisation and thermal maturation process involving stereo controlling additives. The new carbons are expected to have outstanding flexibility and strength and novel thermal and electrical properties. The new products could give Australia a lead in new battery, hydrogen storage, flat screen technology and nanoelectronics.''

Keywords: carbons coal nanotubes ball milling organic geochemistry nanotechnology

FOR Codes: Industrial Chemistry, Other, Industrial Chemicals and Related Products not elsewhere classified, Other chemical sciences not elsewhere classified, Industrial chemicals and related products