Volume 13, Issue 5
Morphological Similarities Between Single-Walled Nanotubes and Tubelike Structures of Polymers with Strong Adsorption Affinity to Nanowires

Thomas Vogel, Tali Mutat, Joan Adler & Michael Bachmann

Commun. Comput. Phys., 13 (2013), pp. 1245-1264.

Published online: 2013-05

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In their tubelike phase, nanowire-adsorbed polymers exhibit strong structural similarities to morphologies known from single-walled carbon (hexagonal) and boron (triangular) nanotubes. Since boron/boron nitride tubes require some disorder for stability the triangular polymer tubes provide a closer analog to the carbon tubes. By means of computer simulations of both two and three dimensional versions of a coarse-grained bead-spring model for the polymers, we investigate their structural properties and make a detailed comparison with structures of carbon nanotubes.

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