Once the most promising of all nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are in danger of being usurped in conductive applications by graphene and in composites by nanocellulose. However, CNTs are likely to remain competitive. Transparent conductors and transistors represent the most potentially lucrative medium-long term markets. CNTs are widely viewed as viable candidates as alternatives to ITO in transparent conductors. Production capacities for CNTs have been scaled up considerably over the last few years and currently exceed several thousand tons per year. Companies such as CNano and Arkema can produce hundreds of tons of nanotubes per year. Prices of Multi-walled Nanotubes (MWNT) now range from $45-100 per kg, depending on quality, with Chinese manufacturers offering MWNTs at lower prices. Single-walled Nanotubes (SWNT) are currently too expensive for widespread application but are expected to make a significant impact in electronics applications by 2020, and price has decreased as production capabilities have improved. As well as their expected impact in electronics, they are also promising candidates in anti-bacterial and medical applications.
This 233 page report maps the current and future market for carbon nanotubes and includes:
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