The problem of scale is unavoidable when talking about applying materials made in a laboratory into an industrial process. It’s one thing to make small transistors with submicron features, but what if you want to coat the entire surface of a jetliner with a conductive nanomaterial. That’s the kind of problem Namiko Yamamoto is trying to solve.
nanotube–reinforced polymer composites for lightweight aircraft fuselages that increase performance and passenger safety while saving significant money. The theoretical strength of a nanostructured aluminum alloy can be 100 times greater than ordinary alloys.