Glowing material

This time, a material was created, based on nanodiamonds and carbon nanotubes. The “skeleton” of the new material is a rigid nanotubular vertical frame covered with a nanodiamond film.

The peculiarity of the unusual nanomaterial consists in the ability to emit a blue glow under the influence of an electric field, which opens the prospect of using it to create a new type of miniature light sources.

Nanotubes and nanodiamondsPhotos of vertically ordered nanotubes (A) and hybrid material from nanotubes and nanodiamonds (B)

In the process of developing a new nanomaterial, a team of scientists from the Institute of Biophysics (Krasnoyarsk), headed by Vladimir Bondare, had to place nanodiamonds at the ends of carbon nanotubes, which turned out to be very difficult. With the task set, the researchers successfully coped, creating a unique composite material.

According to his colleague Julia Fedoseeva, who represents the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry from Novosibirsk, the future is for hybrid nanomaterials with unique properties. So, for example, nanodiamonds shine under the influence of an electric field, and nanotubes activate this field, thus increasing the intensity of the glow.

The know-how of Siberian scientists can be used to create a new generation of displays or in medical diagnostics.

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