New Breakthrough in Room-Temperature Superconductors

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have managed to achieve one of the holy grails of nanotechnology, by creating the world's longest nanotubes - more than 8 inches in length.

Nanotubes are exciting because they have the possibility of acting similar superconductors at room temperature. This is the first time, however, that a nanotube has been created which could act as bus interconnects between electronic components.

The breakthrough was achieved using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) - a standard way to grow nanotubes, but one that normally ends up with a tangled clump when they grow too long - and adding a compound of sulfur in hydrogen.