PARIS – While General Motors Corp. and North America, in general, have highlighted the development of nanocomposites for automotive applications, the European industry is hoping to catch up with an emphasis on nanotubes of carbon and silicon. Tiny carbon molecules measured in nanometers – billionths of a meter – not only strengthen plastic parts; they allow them to conduct electricity, which opens a host of applications for high-volume body panels. “Putting 1% of nanocarbon in a fender ...

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