Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires, a phenomenon they call ‘Teslaphoresis.’ But the scientists don’t limit their aspirations for the phenomenon they call Teslaphoresis to simple nanowires. The team led by Rice research scientist Paul Cherukuri sees its invention as setting a path toward the assembly of matter from the bottom up on nano and macro scales. There are so many applications where one could utilize strong force fields to control the behavior of matter in both biological and artificial systems, and even more exciting is how much fundamental physics and chemistry we are discovering as we move along. This really is just the first act in an amazing story.
Impressive New Nanotubes Assemble Themselves
Video by Rice University