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Carbon nanotube. Computer illustration showing the molecular structure of a carbon nanotube, or buckytube. Atoms are represented as spheres, with the bonds between them as rods. Nanotubes are a type of fullerene molecule, a structural form (allotrope) of carbon whose atoms are arranged into interlinking hexagonal and pentagonal rings. Theoretically, a wide range of shapes can be engineered at the molecular level using fullerenes. Such structures could have a wide range of uses in nanotechnology.
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