Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT) Lab

Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT) Lab


To conduct scientific studies on BNNT fabrication processes and develop extreme environment applications

Why It Matters

  • BNNT has a unique morphology including small diameters, high aspect ratios, high flexibility, and high crystallinity
  • BNNT has promising material properties including high elastic modulus, high breaking strength, excellent thermal stability and conductivity, excellent electrical insulation, and high neutron absorption
  • A large-scale production of high-quality BNNT is now available

Recent Accomplishments

  • NASA Langley Group Achievement Award
  • NASA Government Invention of the Year Award
  • With such unique material properties and large-seal production, BNNT can enable game-changing system design and innovation for high performance multifunctional material applications in extreme environments


  • NASA Langley Office of the Chief Technologist
  • Air Force Office of ScientificResearch
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Labs (Oak Ridge, Lawrence Berkeley)

Participants / Collaborators

  • National Institute of Aerospace
  • Rice University, Georgia Tech, Binghamton University
  • DoE JeffersonLab

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