Carbon/silicon heterojunction formed by inserting carbon nanotubes into silicon nanotubes: molecular dynamics simulations: Molecular dynamics simulations

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  • D. Xia, China University of Petroleum
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  • Q. Xue, China University of Petroleum
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  • T. Zhang, China University of Petroleum
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  • L. Chu, China University of Petroleum
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  • Mingdong Dong
Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we report a carbon/silicon (C/Si) heterojunction formed by inserting carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into silicon nanotubes (SiNTs). Due to the weak mechanical property of the SiNTs, insertion of CNTs into them can not only reinforce their mechanical stabilities but also form multiwalled C/Si nanotube heterojunctions. The driving force of the coaxial assembly is primarily the intertube van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The coaxial self-assembly process is strongly tube size dependent, and the intertube distance (Δd) for a successful assembly between the two type nanotubes is around 3.5 Å. Simulations suggest possible bottom-up self-assembly routes for fabrication of novel nanomachines and nanodevices in nanomechanical systems. This study also suggests that the possibility of synthesizing SiNTs with fewer walls, even single-walled SiNT in aid of CNTs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C
Pages (from-to)23181-23187
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2012

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