Since their discovery in the 1980's fullerenes and carbon nanotubes have become a symbol of nanotechnology. Covering carbon nanotubes is an essential part of any introductory nanoscience course. In this section I cover the history and discovery of carbon nanotubes, the nomenclature used to categorize CNTs, properties and applications of CNTs, and production methods for CNTs.

For the lab you should have a few materials. The molecular modeling pieces I obtained from the following company:


You can obtain these as a kit:


or you can buy the pieces individually but be sure to get the soft pieces because the others are not suitable for making carbon nanotubes and fullerenes.

The other activity makes use of a hexagon grid printed on a piece of transparency paper. If you do not have a hexagon grid you can use the one in my powerpoint. You will need a magic marker that can write on transparency paper. I use tape to label the hexagons for counting.

A space elevator video can be found on YouTube:


Views: 490


You need to be a member of The International NanoScience Community to add comments!

Join The International NanoScience Community

Welcome - about us

Welcome! Nanopaprika was cooked up by Hungarian chemistry PhD student in 2007. The main idea was to create something more personal than the other nano networks already on the Internet. Community is open to everyone from post-doctorial researchers and professors to students everywhere.

There is only one important assumption: you have to be interested in nano!

Nanopaprika is always looking for new partners, if you have any idea, contact me at editor@nanopaprika.eu

Dr. András Paszternák, founder of Nanopaprika

Partner network:

Next partner events of TINC

We are Media Partner of:



© 2019   Created by András Paszternák, PhD (founder).   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service