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NASA Langley's Holey Carbon Allotropes

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 Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) have developed new methods to manufacture carbon materials (e.g., nanotubes, graphene) with holes through the graphitic surface of the particles. The methods generate materials with increased accessible surface area, increased functional groups at damage sites, and improved through-surface molecular transport properties. The materials generated using these techniques are anticipated to be applicable to a variety of industries, especially energy storage (e.g. super-capacitors and batteries) and separation membranes (e.g. for gas, ions, organics, proteins, etc.).

LaRC is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia. LaRC has focused primarily on aeronautical research, but the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility. A number of the earliest high-profile space missions were planned and designed on-site.

Established in 1917 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The Center devotes two-thirds of its programs to aeronautics, and the rest to space.

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