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The National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan 2016: Progress and Challenges Going Forward

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With the recent publication on the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) strategic plan last month, we are provided insight on refinements of the major goals along with emerging initiatives and strategies that have been implemented to address the comments and objectives mapped out in prior years...

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Cutting-Edge Nanotechnologies are Breaking into Industries

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Single wall carbon nanotubes are one of the most effective conductive additives – they are able to significantly increase electrical and thermal conductivity, and to improve the mechanical properties and other important characteristics of materials. However, their key advantage is that these desired properties can be achieved with ultralow loadings of the additive – hundreds or thousands of times lower than other widely used conductive additives, and starting from concentrations of just 0...

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Connecting Two Electrodes by Liquid Crystal-guided Carbon Nanotube Wires

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) being highly electrically conductive along the tube axis, have gained great research interests in recent years for connecting two conducting electrodes at the nanoscale – where the CNTs can be integrated into a micro- or nanoelectronic system.

Due to the anisotropic nature of conductivity, CNTs have potential applications in nanoscale switches and nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS)...

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Carbon Nanotube Dry Adhesive Holds in Extreme Cold, Strengthens in Extreme Heat

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Dayton Air Force Research Laboratory and China have developed a new dry adhesive that bonds in extreme temperatures—a quality that could make the product ideal for space exploration and beyond.

The gecko-inspired adhesive loses no traction in temperatures as cold as liquid nitrogen or as hot as molten silver, and actually gets stickier as heat increases, the researchers report...

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