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Continuous carbon nanotube composite fibers: properties, potential applications, and problems

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Using solution spinning, which involves an intermediate gel-state, we obtained exceptionally strong carbon nanotube fibers that are tougher than either spider silk or any fiber used for mechanical reinforcement. We use these fibers to make 100 micron diameter supercapacitors and electronic textiles. Per weight, the energy needed to break these fibers is about 4× higher than spider dragline silk and 20× higher than steel wire. This article describes this advance, comparisons with the prior art, potential applications, and present barriers for large volume applications.

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The article was received on 29 Sep 2003, accepted on 14 Nov 2003 and first published on 02 Dec 2003


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B312092A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2004,14, 1-3
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    Continuous carbon nanotube composite fibers: properties, potential applications, and problems

    A. B. Dalton, S. Collins, J. Razal, E. Munoz, V. H. Ebron, B. G. Kim, J. N. Coleman, J. P. Ferraris and R. H. Baughman, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 1
    DOI: 10.1039/B312092A

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