Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Nanotubes for bullet proof vests, joint replacements and rope

Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology created a fiber by combining a thermoplastic substance called ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) with carbon nanotubes.

The researchers say the material can make bulletproof vests stronger and lighter and that it could also be used for joint replacements and making extra-durable rope for ships.

The university has been working with Dutch company DSM for four years to
produce and patent the extra-strength fibre. The technology to create the
material has been patented in the EU.

[IPBiz post 1706]


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