50 nm in high image showing the nonowires developed by CNRS. Each grain corresponds to a molecule (Photo: © M. Maaloum, ICS (CNRS))
Artist's impression showing conductive supramolecular fibers trapped between two gold electrodes spaced 100 nm apart (Photo: © Graphics: M. Maaloum, ICS (CNRS))
French researchers have produced highly conducive plastic fibers with a thickness of only a few nanometers that self-assemble when exposed to a flash of light. The tiny fibers (one nanometer equals one billionth of a meter) could become a cheaper and easier-to-handle alternative to carbon nanotubes and play a role in the development of electronic components on the nanoscale.
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