Researchers Create Longest Carbon Nanotubes

UC Irvine researchers announced yesterday that they have created the world's longest electrically conducting nanotubes, a breakthrough the school says may lead to the development of extremely strong, lightweight materials and ultra dense nano-memory arrays. Nanotubes are also expected to yield advances that will enable ultralow-loss power lines, and nano-biosensors for biomedical applications. The school said the nanotubes were 0.4cm long, over 10 times longer than previously reported. The breakthrough came in the labs of Dr. Peter Burke, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The research is part of an Army Research Office, ONR, DARPA, and NSF funded effort at UCI's Integrated Nanosystems research facility.