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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • catalysis;
  • fluidics;
  • nanoreactors;
  • template synthesis
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Processes on nanometer-scale dimensions are possible in a mechanically stable, flexible, and monolithic porous 3D carbon nanotube structure (see picture). The nanoscale chemical reactor exhibits an extremely high surface-to-volume ratio of up to 2×107 m2 m3, which depends on the tube diameter and tube separation. This exceeds values for current microreactors by at least two orders of magnitude.