- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 25, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In Green Materials,Innovation | 2 Comments
File this in the creepy yet useful category: architectural research firm Decker Yeadon is currently researching how carbon nanotubes may one day create a building material able to move without motors. This means that one day your windows might be able to open and close independent of you, but completely responsive to a number of other factors such as room temperature, with no mechanical parts required.
Decker Yeadon’s secret sauce is called NanoINK, a compound made out of carbon nanotubes, deionized water, and a chemical surfactant that helps nanotubes  disperse in water. The material grants the electrical properties of nanotubes onto substrates coated with NanoINK, i.e. paper or cotton fiber. This means that one day regular office paper would have the ability to conduct electricity  when coated with NanoINK.
Sound far off? It’s not. Decker Yeadon has already demonstrated NanoINK’s feasibility in the lab. Next stop: commercialization.
+ Decker Yeadon 
Via GOOD 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/carbon-nanotubes-could-create-buildings-that-move/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/25/carbon-nanotubes-could-create-buildings-that-move/carbon_nanotube_armchair_povray/
 Decker Yeadon : http://www.deckeryeadon.com/
 carbon nanotubes : http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/21/mit-uses-carbon-nanotubes-to-boost-lithium-battery-power-10x/
 nanotubes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/thermopower-wavesmit-scientists-discover-new-way-to-produce-electricity/
 electricity: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/21/carbon-nanotubes-could-create-better-solar-cells/
 GOOD: http://www.good.is/post/carbon-nanotubes-will-make-buildings-that-move/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.