David Kirkpatrick

July 27, 2009

Nanotech and NASA

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:59 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net — Two of my favorites blogging topics together in one post …

NASA Nanotechnology in particular Buckypaper
Next Big Future, July 25, 2009

NASA has a lot of nanotechnology research for which they are looking for business partners for commercial development.

For example, carbon nanotube=based membranes known as buckypaper may be used as filter media for analytical mission instruments or implantable device support for astronaut health monitoring.

 
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October 18, 2008

Buckypaper sounds like a wild tech

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:26 pm

Check out this artcle from PhysOrg. Wow.

From the link:

It’s called “buckypaper” and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don’t be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made.

Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass.

“All those things are what a lot of people in nanotechnology have been working toward as sort of Holy Grails,” said Wade Adams, a scientist at Rice University.

That idea – that there is great future promise for buckypaper and other derivatives of the ultra-tiny cylinders known as carbon nanotubes – has been floated for years now. However, researchers at Florida State University say they have made important progress that may soon turn hype into reality.

Buckypaper is made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Due to its unique properties, it is envisioned as a wondrous new material for light, energy-efficient aircraft and automobiles, more powerful computers, improved TV screens and many other products