Rice creates first long, strong, flexible, and
conductive carbon nanotube thread


By Sebastian Anthony on January 11, 2013 at 7:19 am

Chemical and nanoengineers at Rice University have become the first team to create long (hundreds of meters), macroscopic, mass-producible carbon nanotube thread. This thread is about the thickness of a human hair, but has the conductivity of metal and the strength of carbon fiber. If you were looking for a material to fuel smart clothing and other digital textiles, this is it.

The best way to appreciate the remarkable properties of Rice’s nanotube thread is to watch the video below. At around the 0:45 mark you can see an LED lamp that’s being suspended, and powered, by the thread.

Read more: Rice creates first long, strong, flexible, and conductive carbon nanotube thread | ExtremeTech.

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