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Title: How a zigzag carbon nanotube grows
Authors: Yuan, Q
Ding, F 
Keywords: Carbon nanotubes
Chirality
Kinetics
Nucleation
Zigzag carbon nanotubes
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Source: Angewandte chemie international edition, 2015, v. 54, no. 20, p. 5924-5928 How to cite?
Journal: Angewandte chemie international edition 
Abstract: Owing to the unique structure of zigzag (ZZ) carbon nanotubes (CNTs), their ring-by-ring growth behavior is different from that of chiral or armchair (AC) CNTs, on the rims of which kinks serve as active sites for carbon attachment. Through first-principle calculations, we found that, because of the high energy barrier of initiating a new carbon ring at the rim of a ZZ CNT, the growth rate of a ZZ CNT is proportional to its diameter and significantly (10-1000 times) slower than that of other CNTs. This study successfully explained the broad experimental observation of the lacking of ZZ CNTs in CNT samples and completed the theory of CNT growth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/29277
ISSN: 1433-7851
EISSN: 1521-3773
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201500477
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