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Contact: Tom Abate
Stanford School of Engineering

Zipping van der Waals Forces

Caption: This is a stylized rendition of single walled carbon nanotubes that are just one atom thick in diameter. The red zones show where the attraction caused by van der Waals forces has bent or "zipped" two adjacent CNTs together.

Credit: Image courtesy of Alex Jerez.

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