Industrially-Scalable Process for Making Carbon Nanotube Fibers

Scientists have created pure carbon nanotube fibers that combine many of the best features of highly conductive metal wires, strong carbon fibers, and pliable textile thread. A research team from Rice University, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force, and Israel's Technion Institute created an industrially scalable process for making the threadlike fibers, which outperform commercially available products in many ways. In this video, view a demonstration of the fibers holding up an LED lightbulb weighing 50 grams. The fibers are also being used to run the current for power in the bulb.