Overheard: Word of the Day

Nov 6 2008   9:35PM GMT

Overheard: Your grandchild’s car might be made of buckypaper

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

buckypaper.jpg Buckypaper is similar in concept to papier mache – layer it up thick and it gets stronger. So strong, in fact, that aeroplanes and rockets and even common household chairs could all be made from buckypaper in some distant future world. We are therefore calling it papier mache 2.0.

Gary Cutlack, World about to get lighter and stronger thanks to “buckypaper” and the magic of nanotubing

Buckypaper forms when a suspension of carbon nanotubes is forces through a fine-mesh filter.  Like a lot of great inventions, it was found accidently; researchers were trying to find out how stars created carbon.  Scientists and engineers are trying to figure out how to produce the material in bulk. Right now it takes several hours to make a single sheet of buckypaper.

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