ACS Nano's Most Read Articles of 2011 includes a paper by researchers from UCF's Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) and the NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC).
The article, titled "Ultralight Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Aerogel" (DOI: 10.1021/nn102246a), was authored by Jianhua Zou, Jianhua Liu, Ajay Singh Karakoti, Amit Kumar, Daeha Joung, Qiang Li, Saiful I. Khondaker, Sudipta Seal, and Lei Zhai.
The research is focused on fabricating aerogel from carbon nanotubes. The results could lead to advances in robotic surgery, detection of pollutants and even increased battery capacity. Because the nanotubes have a greater surface area, the aerogel they make can store larger quantities of power. This could have important ramifications on the storage capacity of lithium batteries and large capacitors which, in turn, could wind up improving the storage mediums for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
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