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Carbon nanotubes are a significant addition to the emerging field of nanotube biotechnology. The biocompatibility, high structural integrity, and unique electronic and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes complement or surpass those of self-assembled lipid nanotubes, peptide nanotubes, and template-synthesised nanotubes (metals, polymers, semiconductors, and carbons). Carbon nanotubes are candidates for a range of biomolecular applications that is likely to widen considerably in the future.
Date of Publication: 18 June 2003