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Dr. Anastasios John Hart

The NewScientist article Nanotube textile could make super-light armor said

A lightweight material made from carbon nanotubes that is stronger than steel, and conducts almost as well as aluminium, has been unveiled by a start-up company in the US. The material could lead to lighter bulletproof clothing, wiring for aircraft and more efficient power-transmission lines, the company claims.
“The trick is that our nanotubes are much longer than usual — millimetres in length rather than micrometres,” says Peter Antoinette, who heads the company.
John Hart, a nanotechnologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, US, says the work is impressive. “It’s important to scale the properties of nanotubes,” he told New Scientist. “Nanocomp is the first company to produce a competitive textile and yarn that does that.”

Anastasios John Hart, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Since 2005, he has over fifty journal, conference, and patent publications on manufacturing and applications of carbon nanotubes.
John earned his Ph.D in 2006 and his M.S. from MIT in 2002, and his BSE from the University of Michigan, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has industrial experience in engineering and project management at General Motors, and through various consulting appointments. He received the 2006 MIT Senturia Prize for best doctoral thesis in micro/nano technology, and graduate fellowships from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, National Science Foundation, and MIT Martin Foundation. His research currently focuses on synthesis and applications of carbon nanotubes, microsystems and machine design, and scientific visualizations.
John authored Chemical, Mechanical, and Thermal Control of Substrate-Bound Carbon Nanotube Growth, and coauthored Desktop Growth of Carbon Nanotube Monoliths with In Situ Optical Imaging, Linear motion carriage with aerostatic bearings preloaded by inclined iron core linear electric motor, Segmented and shielded structures for reduction of thermal expansion-induced tilt errors, Kinematic coupling interchangeability, Growth of conformal single-walled carbon nanotube films from Mo/Fe/Al2O3 deposited by electron beam evaporation, and Force Output, Control of Film Structure, and Microscale Shape Transfer by Carbon Nanotube Growth under Mechanical Pressure. Read the full list of his publications!
Check out nanobliss, a gallery of visualizations of carbon nanotube and silicon structures. Read his LinkedIn profile.