Big Development in Nanotechnology

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A team from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing electronic whiskers using carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles.

    A research team from Berkeley Lab and the UC Berkeley are creating electronic whiskers, or e-whiskers, from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles—similar to those of rats and cats. And they’re pretty sensitive, being able to sense the equivalent of a dollar bill lying on a table.  That’s pretty touchy!  The researchers say that these electronic whiskers could be used by robots in the future to give them the ability to “see” and “feel” their surrounding environment.