Title
Defect healing and enhanced nucleation of carbon nanotubes by low-energy ion bombardment
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Chemistry
Publication type
article
Publication
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Subject
Physics
Chemistry
Article Reference
065501
ISI
000314687300022
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E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Structural defects inevitably appear during the nucleation event that determines the structure and properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes. By combining ion bombardment experiments with atomistic simulations we reveal that ion bombardment in a suitable energy range allows these defects to be healed resulting in an enhanced nucleation of the carbon nanotube cap. The enhanced growth of the nanotube cap is explained by a nonthermal ion-induced graphene network restructuring mechanism.
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