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Functional Clay Nanotubes And Composites, Yafei Zhao Apr 2015

Functional Clay Nanotubes And Composites, Yafei Zhao

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Tubular nanomaterials and their composites have been extensively studied in recent years in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and biomedicine. Carbon nanotube is the most commonly studied tubular nanomaterial; however, toxicity and high cost make it less attractive in industry and thus restricts its applications. Halloysite nanotubes, which are available in abundance in the United States as well as in other countries around the world, is a low-cost, unique and versatile aluminosilicate mineral with a chemical formula of Al4Si4O10(OH)8┬ĚnH2O. Basically, the halloysite tube diameter is around 50 nm and the length varies with different locations ranging ...