nanotube (rus. нанотрубка otherwise тубулярные наноструктуры; нанотубулены) — a nanoparticle in the form of a hollow nanorod.


The possibility of making nanoparticles in the form of tubes was first discovered for carbon. Today, nanotubes are produced from borazon, silicon carbide, oxides of transition metals and a number of other compounds. The diameter of a nanotube varies from a couple of nanometres to several dozen nanometres, and their length may reach several microns.

More details on the known types of nanotubes, their properties and potential applications can be found in the descriptions of the terms carbon nanotube and inorganic nanotube.


  • Goldt Ilya V.
  • Gusev Alexander I.


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  2. Gusev A. I., Rempel A. A. Nanocrystalline Materials. — Cambridge: Cambridge International Science Publishing, 2004. — 351 p.