Even when playing with CNTs, necstlab members work hard! The above is a fun SEM image generated by Ashley Kaiser as part of a series of festive & patterned CNTs coming out of our lab.
Ashley writes, "Happy Halloween, from carbon nanotubes! These tiny materials have a diameter on the nanometer scale, making them about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, and incredibly strong. Here, millions of carbon nanotubes are grown as an aligned 'forest', soaked with a liquid, and upon drying, have slid together in just the right way to create a 'Boo' pattern for Halloween."
This image is also featured on the MIT homepage (http://web.mit.edu) 31 October 2018 and written up by the MIT News Office (http://news.mit.edu/2018/scene-at-mit-happy-nanoween-1031).
New York Magazine has also picked up this story and touches on Ashley's research at https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/millions-of-nanotubes-cluster-to-express-chilling-message.html