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New uses for carbon nanotubes

University of California, Riverside, scientists have added ionic liquid to single-walled carbon nanotubes and modified the optical transparency as a result.

Ionic liquid contains negative and positive ions that can interact with nanotubes, dramatically influencing their ability to store and electric charge.

Carbon nanotubes are about 1,000 times smaller than a single hair stand and therefore very little is needed to cover large areas.

Scientists still need to study nanotube film viability for application in compact analytical instruments like spectrometers.

Read more at University of California, Riverside