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The Chou research group in the University of Delaware's College of Engineering recently reported on advances in carbon nanotube-based continuous fibers with invited articles in Advanced Materials and Materials Today, two high impact scientific journals.

According to Tsu-Wei Chou, Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering, who co-authored the articles with colleagues Weibang Lu and Amanda Wu, there has been a concerted scientific effort over the last decade to “go big” – to translate the superb physical and mechanical properties of nanoscale carbon nanotubes to the macroscale.

The result, he says, has been the development of continuous fibers comprised solely of carbon nanotubes held together through local entanglements and van der Waals forces, a type of weak molecular interactions.

“Despite a discontinuous microstructure, these carbon nanotube fibers exhibit strengths comparable to current high performance fibers with significantly lower densities, creating new avenues for ultra-light weight multifunctional composite materials and structures,” explains Chou.

The mass production of carbon nanotube based fibres will be nothing short of revolutionary. To read more, click here.