Monday, June 11, 2012

What is Buckypaper?

Buckypaper is a material that ten times lighter than steel, but 500 times stronger when sheets are pressed together to form a composite material. 

Made of carbon nanotubes that have been disbursed in a liquid suspension and filtered through fine mesh to make a thin film, scientists think buckypaper will lead to consumer applications possibly within a year.

Buckypaper is excellent at conducting electricity and dispersing heat, and could be used in electromagnetic shielding and lightning protection on airplanes, for fuel cells, batteries and a more efficient ways to disperse heat in laptops.

 In the near future, the Buckypaper’s best potential could be in building light-weight, energy-efficient airplanes and cars.

GreenSabah says: The Buckypaper is still in an prototype, but once this is made commercial, it will be widely used in building cars and airplanes. Lightweight transportation can help save more fuel, that's for sure. Hope that the scientists working on Buckypaper will see better success in the near future.


Anonymous said...

This new innovation is very interesting, a paper that is strong as steel which can be used to make transportation?

Anonymous said...

Hope the scientist who are working on this innovation will be successful in mass producing the Buckypaper.

Kris Jr said...

Buckypaper is a thin sheet made from an aggregate of carbon nanotubes.[1] The nanotubes are approximately 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Kris Jr said...

Originally, it was fabricated as a way to handle carbon nanotubes, but it is also being studied and developed into applications by several research groups, showing promise as an armor in vehicle armor and personal armor and next-generation electronics and displays.

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