CNTs are manufactured from ethylene in a reactor at an elevated temperature using a catalytic process. Baytubes can be added to polymer matrices or metal systems as a filler or modifier to improve their mechanical strength and impart electrical properties, the company says. Potential applications for Baytubes include thermoplastic and thermoset systems and coatings. When used in coatings for ships, Baytubes ensure very high abrasion resistance, Bayer says, while reducing the flow resistance between the ship's hull and the water, resulting in a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Further applications for CNTs include rotor blades for wind turbines, and sports equipment such as skis, hockey sticks, and surfboards. "Nanotechnology is a cross-sectional technology which can play a role in a variety of different industries and application areas. Its potential uses range from industrial production to energy supply and storage, from information technology to intelligent surfaces, and also to some areas of medicine, like diagnosis or therapy," explains Wolff. Bayer offers a comprehensive product stewardship program that supports the safe handling of Baytubes from production through processing to application and waste management.
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