Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

by Lidija Grozdanic, 02/27/13
filed under: green technology, News, Sustainable Materials

Scientists at the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China have developed an environmentally friendly method of creating carbon nanotube aerogels. The ultra light, fire-resistant material is made from bacterial cellulose, and it could have a wide variety of applications in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, optics, material science and architecture.

Researchers at the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Micrscale (HFNL), Univeristy of Science and Technology of China used a low-cost biomass, bacterial cellulose, which can be produced industrially in a microbial fermentation process, to fabricate the aerogels. The resulting material, composed of interconnected three-dimensional networks of cellulose nanofibers, exhibits remarkable electrical properties, extraordinary strength and efficiency in heat conduction.

Read more: Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

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