Technical Interchange Proceedings: Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to Commercialization (Sept. 2014)

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Author: NNCO
Publication Date: Mar. 12 2015

Description:

This report is a summary of the discussions that occurred during the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) technical interchange meeting on “Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to Commercialization,” held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters on September 15, 2014. The goals of the meeting were to identify, discuss, and report on technical barriers to the production of carbon nanotube (CNT)-based bulk and composite materials with electrical and mechanical properties nearer the ideal, and to explore ways to overcome these barriers.

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