Ep 8. How Nanomaterials Can Build Better Bikes

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On this episode of the Sustainable Nano podcast, we talk about one example of how nanotechnology is changing something many people use every day: bikes! Margy Robinson, a graduate student in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology and a competitive cyclist, explains how carbon nanotubes and graphene are currently being incorporated into some high-end bicycles.

Nanomaterials in bicycles???? Part 2

In Tuesday's post, I told you about the impressive properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and how they can increase strength and reduce weight in bicycle frames compared to traditional designs. I also told you about the high cost and difficult handling of CNTs that seems to have stymied more widespread adoption of the nanomaterial in bikes. …

Nanomaterials in bicycles???? Part 1

I like bicycles. As a kid, bikes were part of carefree, blue-skied summer days endlessly circling the neighborhood cul-de-sac with friends until the street lamps turned on and our mothers called us inside for dinner. These days I ride bikes to get to and from work, for exercise, for fun, for grad school stress relief, …