Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNT) are made of carbon, boron and nitrogen that offer game changing properties including neutron radiation shielding, piezoelectricity, thermal oxidative stability, mechanical strength, and toughness.1
However, recent analysis shows that BNNT alone cannot outperform the state-of-the-art polyethylene. The challenge is to investigate the production of hydrogenated BNNTs for enhanced protection against Galactic Cosmic Rays.2
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