A team of researchers in New Zealand has developed a fishing rod that uses carbon nanotubes to protect fish from sharks.
It’s also the first time a commercial product has been designed with this type of technology.
The research, published today in Nature Nanotechnology, is the latest step in a growing movement toward creating functional materials that could be used to make more efficient fishing tools.
The researchers, led by Professor John Deane, of the School of Engineering at the University of Canterbury, say the material they’ve developed could be applied to a wide range of fishing gear, from nets to knives.
It could also be applied for making better fishing rods for the fish that live in the ocean.
“The technology could be made from fishing nets that can be designed to be stronger, lighter and more flexible,” said Deane.
The fishing rod is made of carbon nanots and is about 3 millimetres (1 inch) thick.
The material can be coated with nanoparticles, which is a type of thin film that is less dense than ordinary materials and can absorb light.
The rod can also be coated in a type and amount of titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) to help it resist wear and tear.
Deane says the material’s use for fishing nets is similar to the technology used to build the popular fishing rod, the Gator.
The Gator rod was designed to use a different material than carbon nanotechnology, but it is still used in fishing nets worldwide.
De, who was not involved in the research, said it was important to look at the same technology from both a fishing and fishing-related perspectives.
“You want to make a material that has the potential to provide a strong, lightweight, lightweight fishing rod,” he said.
“This is where a lot of the research work is focused.”
Deane said the research was not a new idea.
“We’ve been working on the technology for the last 20 years, and this is the first application of it for commercial use.”
The researchers say the materials are made from titanium dioxide nanotube, which they call “the next frontier in fishing materials”.
“We’re looking to see what applications are possible with this material, and we’re looking for applications in fishing and other industries,” said Dr Helen Aiken, a researcher at the Centre for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) in New York City.
“Titanium dioxide nanots are a very attractive material, because it’s inexpensive, it’s biodegradable and it’s very stable.
We’ve already seen a range of applications in the fishing industry, from netting to fishing nets, and it can be used in many different types of materials.”
Deanes research is part of a wider push to find new ways to use carbon nanotech for more efficient materials.
In May, a team of scientists at MIT, in collaboration with researchers from the University on the Shore of Long Island, published a paper describing how they had developed a material with the ability to use titanium dioxide as a catalyst to increase its toughness, strength and corrosion resistance.
Carbon nanotopes are not the only promising material to be developed with the nanotechnology.
Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Office in Fort Detrick, Maryland, have been using carbon nanosheets in an array of technologies, including the fuel cell for jet engines.
Carbon-based materials have the potential for applications ranging from solar cells to high-speed trains to aircraft wings.
Deanes team says it has a number of other applications for the material, including improving the performance of fishing equipment.
“There’s a lot more we don’t know about the material yet,” said Aiken.
“But the fact that we’ve found a way to do that is exciting.”