Collision of a suddenly released bent carbon nanotube with a circular graphene sheet

Duan, W. H., Wang, C. M. and Tang, W. X. (2010) Collision of a suddenly released bent carbon nanotube with a circular graphene sheet. Journal of Applied Physics, 107 7: . doi:10.1063/1.3330754

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Author Duan, W. H.
Wang, C. M.
Tang, W. X.
Title Collision of a suddenly released bent carbon nanotube with a circular graphene sheet
Journal name Journal of Applied Physics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8979
Publication date 2010-04-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1063/1.3330754
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 107
Issue 7
Total pages 7
Place of publication Melville, NY, United States
Publisher A I P Publishing LLC
Language eng
Abstract Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used to investigate the mechanical strain energy release of a bent single wall carbon nanotube (CNT) and its mechanical collision with a circular graphene sheet that is fixed at its edges. The MD simulations show that the CNT is able to store a vast amount of mechanical strain energy because of the formation of kinks on its wall at the regions of maximum curvature. The sudden release of the strain energy upon releasing the bent CNT can cause its tip to approach a speed of 7000 m/s. Even with such a high speed collision with a monolayer graphene sheet, the CNT and the monolayer graphene sheet remain completely intact and do not suffer any damage. The instantaneous average impact pressure between the CNT and the graphene sheet is calculated to be in the range of 1-10 GPa for different temperatures and aspect ratios of the CNT. These results indicate the promising application of a CNT and a graphene sheet as a nanoknife and a nanocutting board, respectively, for nanocleavage processes such as sequence-specific DNA cleaving processes.
Keyword Physics, Applied
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID ARC DP1095466
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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