Carbon nanotubes rise like futuristic skyscrapers in a picture that earned Joel Brehm, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Research and Economic Development, an honorable mention in the illustration category.
Carbon nanotubes are cylinders of atoms that are only a few nanometers wide. Because the carbon-carbon bond is so strong, nanotubes have been proposed for use in a wide range of materials, from computer chips to space elevators.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Yongfeng Lu discovered laser-based production techniques that can precisely control the length, diameter, and properties of carbon nanotubes. This would allow nanotubes to be customized for specific uses.
“The 3-D illustration was developed to help Dr. Lu’s team to visualize these nanoscale discoveries for diverse audiences,” Brehm said in a statement.