University of Surrey - Itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny test tubes

July 15, 2010

Scientists have created what is likely to be the world's smallest chemistry set using nanotubes with a diameter about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. The researchers at the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute used hollow cylinders made of carbon atoms for the tiny test tubes, which are a billion times smaller than those used in a conventional laboratory. Hidesugu Shiozawa, a researcher at the ATI, said the tiny research lab - which allows chemical experiments to be prepared with molecular precision - would help scientists create the next generation of high technology.

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