Archives—January 2010



Yap’s Diva Article Picked Up by Numerous Media Outlets

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=116239
http://www.physorg.com/news182705815.html
http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=14355.php
http://www.azonano.com/news.asp?newsID=15464
http://www.nanotechwire.com/news.asp?nid=9297
http://www.innovations-report.com/
http://www.sciencecodex.com/harnessing_the_divas_of_the_nanoworld
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/560385/?sc=rssn
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1gTFo7/www.physorg.com/news182705815.html
http://www.nano.org.uk/news/index.php?article=345
…and many more.



Yap: Harnessing the Divas of the Nanoworld

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are the divas of the nanoworld. In possession of alluring properties, they are also notoriously temperamental compared to their carbon-based cousins.

On the plus side, they can withstand incredibly high heat, well over 1,100 degrees Celsius, says Yoke Khin Yap, an associate professor of physics at Michigan Technological University. “Carbon nanotubes would burn like charcoal in a barbecue at half of those temperatures,” he says. And the electrical properties of BNNTs are remarkably uniform. Perfect insulators, boron nitride nanotubes could be doped with other materials to form designer semiconductors that could be used in high-powered electronics.

View the Michigan Tech News article