Coalescing carbon nanotubes is a major challenge for designing structures with novel physical and chemical properties and for creating three-dimensional carbon networks with improved mechanical and transport properties. We have coalesced adjacent triple walled carbon nanotubes (TWNTs) covalently, using catalytic boron atoms at high temperatures. The two outermost and then the two inner nanotubes of adjacent TWNTs merged in order to create an enlarged flattened double-walled carbon nanotube which encapsulated the two innermost single-walled carbon nanotubes.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)