Volume 92 Issue 21 | p. 41 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 26, 2014

Making Boron Nitride Nanotubes In Bulk

Large-scale production of small-diameter nanostructures provides an opportunity to explore this material’s applications
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: nanotubes, boron nitride, induction thermal plasma

Like their all-carbon cousins, boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) possess exceptional mechanical properties, thanks to similarities in geometry. In certain areas, BNNTs even outperform carbon nanotubes. For example, they have a higher thermal stability, making them an attractive additive for high-temperature composites. But researchers have struggled to come up with a way to produce enough of these novel nanotubes to truly make them useful for real-world applications. Now, a team led by Benoit Simard of Canada’s . . .

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