from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of nanoscroll.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In a paper published in the journal Physical Review B, the scientists say the propensity of graphene-a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice - to stick to itself and form carbon "nanoscrolls" could be controlled electrostatically to form a myriad of new devices.
In contrast, nanoscrolls made of graphene, which is mechanically stronger than any other material known to man, would be robust, yet remain ultra-light and ultra-flexible.
"As a result, nanoscrolls can change their shape and their inner and outer diameters, while nanotubes cannot," said Michael Fogler, an associate professor of physics at UCSD and the first author of the paper.
Carbon nanoscrolls have open edges and no caps, allowing them to change their shape and diameters.
Unlike carbon nanotubes-cylindrical molecules of pure carbon with novel properties that have become the focus of much of the attention of new application in electronics and materials development-carbon nanoscrolls retain open edges and have no caps.
Fogler said such nanoscrolls could have a wide range of applications, such as actuators whose operation resembles the blinking of one's eyes, valves in lab-on-a-chip devices and even a form of electronic paper.
"We show in this paper that the electrostatic control of nanoscrolls is very much feasible.