Carbon Nanotubes

Events

Hollow Graphitic Carbon Fibres that are 50 nm in diameter are discovered

1952

Scientists Radushkevich and Lukyanovich, in the Soviet Journal of Physical Chemistry publish a paper that demonstrates hollow graphitic carbon fibers that are 50 nanometers in diameter.

Observe growth of tubular carbon filaments

1955

Scientists Hofer, Sterling and McCarney carry out experiments on tubular carbon filaments, of 10–200 nm in diameter to observe the growth rate.

Growth of nanoscale tubular carbon filaments from n-heptane decomposition on iron at about 1000 °C is observed

1958

Other scientists Hillert and Lange conduct experiments on nanoscale tubular carbon filaments from n-heptane decomposition on iron at about 1000 °C and observe a growth.

"Graphite whiskers" are discovered

1960

"Graphite whiskers" are grown by Roger Bacon in an arc-discharge apparatus which use electron microscopy to show that the structure of the 'whiskers' consist of rolled up graphene sheets in concentric cylinders.

Fullerenes are discovered

1985

Researches in Rice University discovered the first fullerene molecule and manufactured their own.

Sumio Iijima creates and names carbon nanotubes

1991

In June, 1991 Sumio Iijima created carbon nanotubes and named them as they have a have a tubular structure of carbon atom sheets, with a thickness scaled in less than a few nanometers.

Carbon nanotubes can emit electrons

1995

Electron emission properties of carbon nanotubes are discovered by Swiss researchers

Carbon Nanotube Computer is built

2013

Researchers from Stanford University build a Carbon Nanotube Computer.