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Probing The Structure And Function Of Biopolymer-Carbon Nanotube Hybrids With Molecular Dynamics, Robert R. Johnson Jul 2009

Probing The Structure And Function Of Biopolymer-Carbon Nanotube Hybrids With Molecular Dynamics, Robert R. Johnson

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Nanoscience deals with the characterization and manipulation of matter on the atomic/molecular size scale in order to deepen our understanding of condensed matter and develop revolutionary technology. Meeting the demands of the rapidly advancing nanotechnological frontier requires novel, multifunctional nanoscale materials. Among the most promising nanomaterials to fulfill this need are biopolymer-carbon nanotube hybrids (Bio-CNT). Bio-CNT consists of a single-walled carbon nanotube (CNT) coated with a self-assembled layer of biopolymers such as DNA or protein. Experiments have demonstrated that these nanomaterials possess a wide range of technologically useful properties with applications in nanoelectronics, medicine, homeland security, environmental safety and ...