Elongated carbon molecules that resemble long tubes and are formed of the same pentagonal patterns of carbon atoms as buckyballs. Nanotubes can perform the electronic functions of silicon-based components. Due to their size, they can possibly provide very high densities of computation. Nanotubes are a likely technology to continue to provide the exponential growth of computing when Moore"s Law on integrated circuits dies by the year 2020. Nanotubes are also extremely strong and heat resistant, thereby permitting the creation of three-dimensional circuits.

Articles on that refer to Nanotubes

Top News of 2002 By Ray Kurzweil and Amara D. Angelica
How To Make a Nanodiamond By Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Top News of 2001 By Ray Kurzweil and Amara D. Angelica
The Drexler-Smalley Debate on Molecular Assembly By Ray Kurzweil
The Age of Spiritual Machines: Glossary By Ray Kurzweil
Track 7 Tech Vectors to Take Advantage of Technological Acceleration By Max More
The 21st Century: a Confluence of Accelerating Revolutions By Ray Kurzweil
Beating Moore's 2nd Law: Advances in Nanoengineering and New Approaches to Computing at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the AAAS By Lucas Hendrich and
The Human Machine Merger: Why We Will Spend Most of Our Time in Virtual Reality in the Twenty-first Century By Ray Kurzweil
Sander Olson Interviews Ray Kurzweil By Sander Olson and Ray Kurzweil

News Articles that refer to Nanotubes

DNA-sorted carbon nanotubes allow for nanoelectronics building blocks
3-D nanotubes grown
Nanotubes turned into superconductors
Chemical 'scissors' yield short carbon nanotubes
First integrated circuit with nanotube transistors created
No effect of nanotubes on white blood cells, researchers find
The Nanotube Computer
Researchers create nanotube fibers
Thin films of silicon nanoparticles roll into flexible nanotubes
New method of growing nanotube circuits may allow for faster processors

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Fullerenes and Nanotubes at EPFL
The present focus of our research is on materials with novel electronic properties: fullerenes, fullerides, nanotubes, superconductors and biological structures.

New Carbon Material Research at Washington University
We are a laboratory located in the physics department at Washington University in St. Louis. Our major interests are synthesis and properties of carbon and boron nitride nanotubes and nanofibers, fullerenes, and how materials synthesis at the sub-micron scale can impact the biological sciences.