Catalyzed growth of carbon nanotube with definable chirality by hybrid molecular dynamics-force biased monte carlo simulations

Erik C. Neyts, Yasushi Shibuta, Adri C.T. Van Duin, Annemie Bogaerts

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Abstract

Metal-catalyzed growth mechanisms of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were studied by hybrid molecular dynamics-Monte Carlo simulations using a recently developed ReaxFF reactive force field. Using this novel approach, including relaxation effects, a CNT with definable chirality is obtained, and a step-by-step atomistic description of the nucleation process is presented. Both root and tip growth mechanisms are observed. The importance of the relaxation of the network is highlighted by the observed healing of defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6665-6672
Number of pages8
JournalACS nano
Volume4
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 23 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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