Team makes case for high-performance nanotube fibers for industry

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
(Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation)

Researchers at Rice University have developed the strongest and most conductive fibers yet, made of long carbon nanotubes through a wet spinning process. The researchers noted that wet-spun carbon nanotube fibers have doubled in strength and conductivity every three years, a trend that spans almost two decades. The threadlike fibers, with tens of millions of nanotubes in cross section, are being studied for use as bridges to repair damaged hearts, as electrical interfaces with the brain, and for use in cochlear implants.