Mixing Carbon Nanotubes with Biomass Materials
Traditionally electrical charges are carried and sometimes shielded using
metal but this isn't ideal- especially if the current has to run past or through
explosive material like petrol tanks. The solution: Carbon Nanotubes. Microphase
have mixed polymers (extracted from biomass) with their nanotubes and produced
stronger, safer, and more electrically conductive materials then their metallic
equivalent. According to Microphase, some of the most recent Boeing aircrafts
employ this technology.
Here Microphase is demonstrating carbon nanotube production:
"This is a substrate cataylst theres a heater there and a substrate is
place on top of the heater and usually there is a biomass material like ethanol
on the plate and then we'll make a vacuum in the tube- we'll amke this tube
in a vacuum . You can see how its becoming vacuumed so when vacuum takes place
ethanol evaporates its usually an electrical device beside the desktop synthetic?
and once the heater is heated up at 700 degress celcius the ethanol is decomposed
and the decomposed ethanol reacts with the catalyst and forms a hot carbon nanotubes
and 5 or 10 minutes later this black carbon nanotube is formed and the process
The whole process takes about 20 minutes.
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