Carbon nanotubes: Present and future commercial applications

Michael F.L. De Volder, Sameh H. Tawfick, Ray H. Baughman, A. John Hart

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Abstract

Worldwide commercial interest in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is reflected in a production capacity that presently exceeds several thousand tons per year. Currently, bulk CNT powders are incorporated in diverse commercial products ranging from rechargeable batteries, automotive parts, and sporting goods to boat hulls and water filters. Advances in CNT synthesis, purification, and chemical modification are enabling integration of CNTs in thin-film electronics and large-area coatings. Although not yet providing compelling mechanical strength or electrical or thermal conductivities for many applications, CNT yarns and sheets already have promising performance for applications including supercapacitors, actuators, and lightweight electromagnetic shields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-539
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume339
Issue number6119
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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