Carbon Nanotubes Can Self-Assemble Themselves at a Distance



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Carbon Nanotubes Can Self-Assemble Themselves at a Distance

Nanotechnology is part of a whole new stage of technology, the ability to create microscopic machines that can perform tasks such as replacing torn knee ligaments or as was previously found it could be used to double hard drives space. Part of nanotechnologies problems is that if it is damaged, you are talking about a tiny tear. Self-repairing technology can help with that, enabling machines and devices to not only protect themselves but also repair some of the damage that has been done to them, and researchers at Rice university have taken it a step further by letting carbon nanotubes self-assemble themselves all with just a little remote prompt.

The researchers at Rice university posted a video to YouTube that shows a series of carbon nanotubes gather together and assembles themselves into a wire. Remember when you broke your favourite pair of headphones because part of the cable broke but you could never tell what part? With this technology, you could simply place your headphones in a force field created by a Tesla coil and watch at it repairs itself.

Described by one of the scientists sons as “spider-man webs”, the video clearly shows that this technology could be used in creating self-building/repairing technology, similar to that found in the self-healing gel that Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas showed off a few months ago.

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One Response to “Carbon Nanotubes Can Self-Assemble Themselves at a Distance”
  1. Jakub says:

    This looks really interesting. I wonder how war this can go. I can already see a building trying automatically stabilize itself during an earthquake or after an explosion. It would be really awesome to be able to trigger this reaction on large scale. 🙂 So far I saw nanotubes only as a coating (like here: http://mstnano.com/products/multi-walled-nanotubes/ ).

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