221; Insight has a successful track record of investing in advanced materials companies, he said. "We look forward to working together and benefiting from their advice, counsel and contacts,” Arthur said. Single and multiwall carbon nanotubes consist of a hollow cylinder of carbon with a diameter equal to approximately one nanometer — a billionth of a meter. Carbon nanotubes possess extraordinary optical and electronic properties, tremendous strength and flexibility, and high thermal and chemical stability. Today, carbon nanotubes are used in a wide range of applications in the automotive, aeronautics, electronics, displays, energy and health care markets. "The materials we are making are materials with incredible properties ... the strongest materials known to man,” Arthur said. And that made SouthWest an inviting partner for Insight investors, he said.
About the companySouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. has 15 employees who work at an 18,000-square-foot production facility that was completed last year. The company was founded in 2001 as a product spin-off for nanotube research created at the University of Oklahoma.