Engineering research improves laser detectors, batteries

Think of it as cooking with carbon spaghetti: A Kansas State University researcher is developing new ways to create and work with carbon nanotubes — ultrasmall tubes that look like pieces of spaghetti or string.

These carbon nanotubes — made of graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon — have the perfect ingredients for improving laser detectors and rechargeable batteries, according to research by Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering. Singh is working on several projects with carbon nanotubes and polymer-derived ceramic material.

Projects include testing new ways to cook or create a carbon nanotube material; using carbon nanotubes to improve how laser power is measured; using ceramic carbon nanotube material to improve the performance of rechargeable batteries; and using sharp tungsten needles to probe and pick up carbon nanotubes.

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