Gary D. De Boer

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Research

De Boer's undergraduate research at LeTourneau has involved students in collaborative projects with NASA and private companies. 

The NASA research has involved analysis of the production of carbon nanotubes.  Carbon nanotubes hold great promise for advanced materials that are strong and lightweight as well as the production of electrical circuits on a nano scale.   Below are some illustrations of carbon nanotubes.

9,0 zig zag tube

(Above and to the left) A graphite sheet can be wrapped with different chiralities and diameters to produce different types of carbon nanotubes

 

(Below) A scanning electron microscope, SEM,  image of bundles of carbon nanotubes.  Courtesy NASA-JSC

5,4 armchair tube

 

For some more information on our work and other work see publications and presentations.  Be patient as the files load, it may take a few minutes.