Cheap compounds found in kitchen cupboards can act as catalysts for making carbon nanotubes

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Researchers have discovered that cheap chemicals commonly found around the kitchen can act as catalysts for the formation of carbon nanotubes. Sodium-containing compounds like baking soda, detergent and table salt all work.

The catalytic process allows carbon nanotubes to be grown at relatively low temperatures, when compared to conventional ways of making them. 

Read the full story in Chemistry World.