January 23, 2013

Nature Communications – Nanoparticles Digging the World’s Smallest Tunnels

Tiny Metal Balls Etching into Graphite Tunnels with Diameters of Only one Thousandth that of a Human Hair / Porous Graphite as a Material in Medicine and Battery Technology

The world’s smallest tunnels have a width of a few nanometers only. Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Rice University, USA, have dug such tunnels into graphite samples. This will allow structuring of the interior of materials through self-organization in the nanometer range and tailoring of nanoporous graphite for applications in medicine and battery technology.