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From Waste Plastics to Carbon Nanotube Audio Cables

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Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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HiFiMAN Electronics, Tianjin 300381, China
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Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Academic Editor: Jandro L. Abot
Received: 23 December 2021 / Revised: 17 January 2022 / Accepted: 19 January 2022 / Published: 25 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontier Applications of Carbon Nanotube-Based Materials)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long been at the forefront of materials research, with applications ranging from composites for increased tensile strength in construction and sports equipment to transistor switches and solar cell electrodes in energy applications. There remains untapped potential still when it comes to energy and data transmission, with our group having previously demonstrated a working ethernet cable composed of CNT fibers. Material composition, electrical resistance, and electrical capacitance all play a strong role in the making of high-quality microphone and headphone cables, and the work herein describes the formation of a proof-of-concept CNT audio cable. Testing was done compared to commercial cables, with frequency response measurements performed for further objective testing. The results show performance is on par with commercial cables, and the CNTs being grown from waste plastics as a carbon source further adds to the value proposition, while also being environmentally friendly. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon; carbon nanotube; copper; electrical conductor; data transmission; audio cable; frequency response carbon; carbon nanotube; copper; electrical conductor; data transmission; audio cable; frequency response
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Gangoli, V.S.; Yick, T.; Bian, F.; Orbaek White, A. From Waste Plastics to Carbon Nanotube Audio Cables. C 2022, 8, 9. https://doi.org/10.3390/c8010009

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Gangoli VS, Yick T, Bian F, Orbaek White A. From Waste Plastics to Carbon Nanotube Audio Cables. C. 2022; 8(1):9. https://doi.org/10.3390/c8010009

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Gangoli, Varun S., Tim Yick, Fang Bian, and Alvin Orbaek White. 2022. "From Waste Plastics to Carbon Nanotube Audio Cables" C 8, no. 1: 9. https://doi.org/10.3390/c8010009

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