What is nanotube?
A nanotube is a nanoscale material that has a tubular structure. Nanotube structures have many uses in the general area of nanotechnology, a relatively young area with great potential and some significant obligations.
A nanotube can be made from various materials such as carbon, boron or silicon. Each of these have their own applications for new technologies.
For example, carbon nanotubes have proven useful as an agent for certain types of coatings for consumer products. Additionally, carbon nanotubes (and silicon nanotubes) can be useful as conductors in nanoscale projects or as a means of measuring certain types of frequencies.
Although nanotubes have a lot of potential, like other nanoscale projects, there are big questions about risks related to coherence or cohesion, such as whether nanomaterials are safe and whether they can stay together or break off bits in tiny air. These are some of the problems related to nanotubes and other nanomaterials as companies work to bring new products and services to market that use nanotechnology.