by Qing Zhang, Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, 2012.

Nanomaterials and nanotechnology are of increasing interest in a wide range of industries ranging from electronics and structural composites to pharmaceuticals and medical applications. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an outstanding member (together with graphene) of the carbon family of nanomaterials. Their crystal structures are close to that of graphite and a single layer of graphene is formed by unfurling a single walled nanotube (SWCNT). CNTs have attracted not only extensive fundamental research but also interest in applications from both big and small businesses. A number of products, particularly in the area of polymer nanocomposites, have appeared in the market although many areas, such as those discussed in this book, though revolutionary still remain embryonic in terms of real world applications. For example, in the area of electronics, the difficulty of controlling the structural chirality of SWCNTs during...

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