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Carbon Nanotubes: Faster Flow, Greater Possibilities

UK researchers reported in the November 3, 2005, issue of Nature that fluids can pass through nanotubes at rates 10,000 to 100,000 times faster than previously thought.

The finding may speed the process of constructing highly efficient filters, which could be used in a variety of applications, including the manufacture of military uniforms that could filter out chemical and biological weapons, or the development of a more efficient nicotine patch for those trying to quit smoking.

The UK team—Bruce Hinds, Mainak Majumder and Nitin Chopra (chemical and materials engineering), and Rodney Andrews (Center for Applied Energy Research)—was the first to confirm the rapid flow, predicted by theorists in 2001.
—Keith Elkins

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