Shielding nanowires and nanotubes with imogolite: A route to nanocables

Agnieszka Kuc, Thomas Heine

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(Figure Presented) The use of an imogolite (aluminosilicate) sheath to protect a conducting core consisting of a carbon nanotube (CNT) or nanowire from mechanical and chemical attacks is proposed. The cross-sectional structure of such a nanocable is shown in the figure. The most stable CNT@ imogolite nanocable is calculated to have a tube-tube distance of 2.8 Å and an insertion energy of ca. 60 meV per carbon atom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4353-4356
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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