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LLNL’s Carbon Nanotube Structure Research

Carbon nanomaterials are versatile materials that can exhibit a broad variety of mechanical, optical, electrical, and chemical properties by controlling their chemical structure. Just one form of these materials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), can be manufactured for use in a variety of applications, including conductive materials for storing electricity in batteries and supercapacitors, electronic displays, strong composite materials for aerospace, and membranes for desalinating water. LLNL's use of x-ray scattering to characterize carbon nanomaterials will allow scientists to fine-tune the structure and properties of these materials for their growing number of applications in structural composites, nanoelectronics, energy storage, filtration and separation.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's mission is to make the world a safer place. LLNL leads the nation in stockpile science and delivers solutions for the nation's most challenging security problems. The Lab's mission areas include: biosecurity, defense, intelligence, science, counterterrorism, energy, nonproliferation, and weapons. LLNL achieves its mission goals through program directorates: Computations/High Performance Computing, Lasers & Photon Science, Global Security, Physical & Life Sciences, Engineering, and Weapons Complex Integration.

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