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High-Temperature Rubber Made from Carbon Nanotubes

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Science  03 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6009, pp. 1332-1333
DOI: 10.1126/science.1198982

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Carbon nanotubes have been among the most studied materials for the past two decades (1); they display several remarkable properties, such as extremely high tensile strength and electrical conductivity. On page 1364 of this issue, Xu et al. (2) report another case of extreme mechanical performance of a carbon material—viscoelastic behavior of nanotubes in a wide temperature range—that no other solid has shown so far.