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Introducing a New NIST Reference Material: Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Soot



Ann C. Chiaramonti Debay, Ryan M. White, Jason D. Holm, Elisabeth Mansfield


Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) play a significant role in the nascent nanotechnology industry, due to their remarkable combination of mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. These materials are specialty additives, reinforcing a diverse group of composites, including sporting goods, automobile body panels, and anti-static coatings. More than 25 commercial products incorporate MWCNTs, and production volumes exceed 500 tons per year [1]. These volumes are expected to increase dramatically in the near future (3000 tons/year predicted by 2015) due to growing applications in electronics, data storage, defense, energy, aerospace, and the automotive industry [2]. These new applications dictate higher performance and reliability and require tight control over the physical and chemical characteristics of the MWCNTs.
Microscopy and Microanalysis


Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes
Created July 25, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018