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High-quality carbon nanotubes (CNT) can now be manufactured
on an industrial scale at considerably lower cost
than ever before. Bayer MaterialScience AG plans
to market the nano-sized materials worldwide under
the trade name Baytubes. The new process for manufacturing
Baytubes was developed in collaboration with Bayer
Technology Services GmbH, a Bayer Group service company
with a wealth of know-how in process technology.
Until now, the high price of up to EUR 1,000.00 per kilogram and the fluctuating
production quality prevented more widespread use of nanotubes.
"For the first time, we can achieve consistent material purity of over 99 percent
and significantly reduce manufacturing costs," says Martin Schmid, head of the
Carbon Nanotubes project at Bayer MaterialScience. "Adding just small quantities
of Baytubes can make a plastic car fender so electrically conductive that it
can be painted without any further pretreatment, using environmentally friendly
waterborne or powder coatings. In a similar manner, we can make films for antistatic
packaging materials, such as those used for sophisticated electronic components." Another
possibility is the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding of computer and
mobile telephone housings. In the future, CNTs could also improve the thermal
conductivity of ceramic components in turbines.
"Baytubes brand carbon nanotubes are multi-walled tubes comprising up to 15 graphite
layers. Chemically speaking, the material is identical to pencil lead," says
Dr. Sigurd Buchholz, project head at Bayer Technology Services. "The nanotubes
have a maximum mean diameter of 50 nanometers, meaning they are more than 10,000
times thinner than a human hair. If one of these tubes were enlarged to the size
of a drinking straw, it would be up to 250 meters long." Custom-made CNTs with
different diameters, lengths and wall thicknesses can be produced for any application
by selecting the corresponding catalyst.
Carbon nanotubes were discovered about 15 years ago and have since turned out
to be a highly versatile material thanks to its remarkable properties. It withstands
mechanical loads 60 times better than steel at only one-sixth the weight. It
conducts heat better than diamond. It is insensitive to heat and, depending
on the molecular structure, behaves like an electric conductor or semiconductor.
The key to these properties is the molecular structure of the nanotubes: the
carbon atoms in the tube wall form a uniform, hexagonal lattice, comparable
to a honeycomb. This arrangement lends the tubes very high mechanical strength.
If the hexagon edges are aligned parallel to the cylinder axis - like in single-walled
nanotubes - the material conducts electricity much better than copper. If they
are aligned vertically, the material acts like a semiconductor. Consequently,
CNTs are ideally suited for electrodes and high-frequency transistors.
For more information on carbon nanotubes, click here .
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Bayer MaterialScience AG:
Dr. Frank Rothbarth
Tel.: +49 214 30 25363
Fax: +49 214 30 66426
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Dr. Arnold Rajathurai
Tel. +49 214 30 24144
Fax: +49 214 30 9624144
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