# How is nanotechnology related to carbon chemistry?

Nov 22, 2015

Carbon has been used extensively on the nano scale for such things as nanotubes, lipid nanodiscs, and semiconductors, among other things.

NANOTUBES
Carbon nanotubes are special type of nanotube made only of carbon. These are very durable and good conductors of heat due to their extensive $s {p}^{2}$ hybridization. Here's an example model:

LIPID NANODISCS
Lipid nanodiscs are phospholipid bilayers (fatty acids containing carbon, phosphoryl, and nitrogenous compounds) intended to imitate membranes.

These are constructed as integral membrane proteins surrounded by $\alpha$-helical proteins (made up of amino acids, which are made of carbon, and amino and carboxyl groups) that bind the structure together, restricting its size to the nano scale.