Nanotech: Buckyballs Stuck Together = Buckyball Paper


by Irma Arkus

What happens when you stick buckyballs and produce a film-like material? You apparently get something that has an appearance of a carbon paper, yet is 500 times stronger than steel when stacked, conducts electricity like copper, and disperses heat like brass. And according to PhysOrg, we can call it Buckypaper.

Amazing properties of Buckypaper are contributed to nanotubes, 1 gram of which when unrolled, can cover a field size of a stadium.

Buckypaper is still very expensive to manufacture, but represents the kind of new material that has the potential to transform automotive, aircraft, as well as electronic industry. Additional characteristic is that buckypaper acts as an electromagnetic shield.