New battery is spray-painted onto surfaces

New battery is spray-painted onto surfaces

HOUSTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Researchers at Rice University in Houston say they've developed a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can be painted onto virtually any surface.

Nanocables may improve lithium batteries

HOUSTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have created hybrid carbon nanotube metal oxide arrays as electrode material to improve the performance of lithium batteries.

Nano-based antimicrobial paint is created

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. chemists have developed a low-cost, environmentally friendly nanotechnology for producing antimicrobial, vegetable oil-based paints.

Scientists create darkest material

HOUSTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A scientist at a Houston university has created the darkest known material -- about four times darker than the previous record holder.

Nanoblocks can be used as pressure sensors

TROY, N.Y., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have discovered blocks of carbon nanotubes can be used to create effective, highly sensitive and powerful pressure sensors.

Graphene might replace copper and silicon

TROY, N.Y., July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are advancing the role of graphene as a possible successor to the use of copper and silicon in nanoelectronics.

Extraordinarily sticky tape is developed

AKRON, Ohio, June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have created a flexible synthetic adhesive tape that is extraordinarily "sticky" that can adhere to a wide variety of materials. Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and the University of Akron in Ohio said th

Nanotubes may become metalworking tools

MAINZ, Germany, May 25 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists, led by Germany's Johannes Gutenberg University, said carbon nanotubes might act as metalworking nanotools.

Flexible, conducting nanoskins developed

TROY, N.Y., March 1 (UPI) -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute scientists in Troy, N.Y., have developed a new process to make flexible, conducting "nanoskins."

Nano World: Making safer carbon nanotubes

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Carbon nanotubes can get modified to help them pass apparently safely through bloodstreams, potentially easing past concerns about nanotube toxicity, experts to

Nano World: Springy cushions of nanotubes

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Super-resilient foams made of carbon tubes only nanometers or billionths of a meter wide that act like springs could help cushion blows in artificial joints or

Many applications for carbon nanotubes

TROY, N.Y., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests carbon nanotubes act like super-compressible springs that could be used in coffee cups

Nanotube filters for petroleum, microbes

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists has devised a simple, easy way to make filters of nanotubes -- pipes less than a wavelength of visible light wide -- that could help generate high-octane gasoline and filter out germs.
CHARLES CHOI, United Press International

Carbon-based wire could replace cable

TROY, N.Y., May 2 (UPI) -- A relatively simple method for transforming microscopic carbon tubes into "ropes" several inches long could result in super-strong, lightweight materials, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered.

Tiny bangs triggered by camera flashes

TROY, N.Y., April 25 (UPI) -- Just as disgruntled actors tend to react explosively when camera bulbs flash in their faces, scientists have found carbon nanotubes that can actually burst into flames under bright light, reaching temperatures hot enough to melt steel at a scorching 2,732
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Pulickel Madhavapanicker Ajayan (Malayalam: പുളിക്കല്‍ മാധവപ്പണിക്കര്‍ അജയന്‍), known as P. M. Ajayan, is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering at Rice University, and an adjunct professor of Material Sciences and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ajayan's research has been in the field of nanotechnology and has resulted in advances in carbon nanotube technology. In 1992, at the NEC Fundamental Research Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan (the lab of Sumio Iijima, the discoverer of nanotubes), he teamed with Thomas Ebbesen to develop the first method for making macroscopic quantities of nanotubes. They demonstrated that nanotubes can be produced in bulk quantities by varying the arc-evaporation conditions. The experiment involved placing two graphite rods millimeters apart, and wiring them to a power supply. As 100 amperes of current sparked between the rods, hot plasma was created by the vaporization of carbon. Some of this plasma underwent condensation and formed nanotubes.

Ajayan’s research interests are mainly focused on the synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures with special emphasis on carbon nanotubes, with more than 3000 citations for his work in this area. He, along with Vinod P. Veedu, Anyuan Cao and Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad have been awarded a Guinness World Record for creating the smallest nanotube brushes with bristles. According to a Science Watch Analysis, he is the 7th most cited author in Nanotechnology for the period of 1992-2002. In August 2007, he was in the news again for collaborating with several other researchers on the development of the world's first paper battery, which utilizes carbon nanotubes embedded within paper. In a brief interview with Discover Magazine, Ajayan stated he believes the paper battery will have many important future applications in industry and medicine. In 2008, Pulickel Ajayan's team created the darkest material known to man — a carpet of carbon nanotubes that reflects only 0.045% of the light.

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