nano·​tube | \ ˈna-nə-ˌtüb How to pronounce nanotube (audio) , ˈna-nō-\

Definition of nanotube

: a microscopic tube whose diameter is measured in nanometers especially : one of pure carbon : buckytube

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So the pair, along with Rice grad students including Doiron, worked to capture those emissions with wafer-scale films of closely packed carbon nanotubes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Carbon Nanotubes Could Increase Solar Efficiency to 80 Percent," 25 July 2019 McGinnis explains that ethanol's carbons have an affinity for the inside of the carbon nanotubes. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019 Nifty Nano Canadian researchers introduced another water-harvesting mesh, this one using carbon nanotubes to separate water vapor from air. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Flood of New Solar Water Harvesters," 1 Jan. 2019 The research largely focused on controlling the growth of the nanotubes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 The thin, flexible cylinders of carbon known as carbon nanotubes might fit the bill. Colin Stuart, WSJ, "Will Elevators to Outer Space Ever Get Off the Ground?," 20 Sep. 2018 Carbon nanotubes have more tensile strength than steel, which would not be up to such an intense task, though they haven't been constructed or tested at such a mammoth scale. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Space Elevators Getting First Test in Space," 4 Sep. 2018 Something in the air Our current methods for making carbon nanotubes typically rely on hydrocarbons. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 So far, scientists have only produced carbon nanotubes a few inches long and one nanometer wide. Rachel Feltman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Don't We Have Space Elevators?," 7 Mar. 2013

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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: a microscopic tube whose diameter is measured in nanometers

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