Boron-Nitride (BN) Nanotubes (BNNT) at TJNAF

Boron-Nitride (BN) Nanotubes (BNNT)
Developed at:
Jefferson Lab Free Electron Facility
Developed in:
Result of ONR research:
Jefferson Lab, NASA Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace have collaborated to create a new technique to synthesize and process high-quality catalyst-free boron-nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).
Application currently being supported by:
Impact/benefit to spin-off field:
High aspect ratio tubes substantially increases strength in high temperature composites for space structures. Possible applications include:
  • Composites with high strength and stiffness for light weight personnel armor, and light weight airborne and space systems.
  • Energy efficiency applications in solar panels and high temperature crack-resistant ceramic engine parts.
  • Piezoelectric materials that may function over expanded ranges of temperature
  • Biomedical and chemical applications such as high strength scaffolding for living tissue, UV protective cosmetics, and high temperature filters