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Foreword to the special issue: Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on SWCNT Growth Mechanisms Organized by NASA-JSC, Rice University and the Air Force Research Laboratory

Sivaram Arepalli

Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Sungkyunkwan University 53 Myeongnyun-dong, 3-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 110-745, Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9090-z

Nano Res (2009)2:741-742


Self-Organized Growth of Complex Nanotube Patterns on Crystal Surfaces

Ernesto Joselevich£¨£©

Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9077-9

Nano Res (2009)2:743-754

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Growth of carbon nanotubes on crystal surfaces in combination with an electric field or gas fl ow leads to the self-organization of complex nanotube patterns, including straight, kinked, wavy, crossed, serpentine or coiled geometries.


Milestones in Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Formation: A Brief Critical Review

Stephan Irle1,2£¨£©, Yasuhito Ohta1,, Yoshiko Okamoto1, Alister J. Page1, Ying Wang2, and Keiji Morokuma1,3£¨£©

1 Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8103, Japan

2 Institute for Advanced Research and Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan

3 Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientic Computation and Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

Current address: Department of Chemistry, Nara Women¡¯s University, Nara 630-8506, Japan

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9078-8

Nano Res (2009)2:755-767

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Different molecular dynamics approaches reported in the literature for the simulation of single-walled carbon nanotube nucleation and growth are reviewed. The different semiclassical and quantum chemical MD approaches are compared in their ability to describe the role of the metal particle.


Nanobarrier-Terminated Growth of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Quartz Surfaces

Chaoqun Feng, Yagang Yao, Jin Zhang£¨£©, and Zhongfan Liu£¨£©

Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices, State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of Unstable and Stable Species, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9054-3

Nano Res (2009)2:768-773

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Using carbon nanotubes as nanobarriers, the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes via a lattice-oriented growth mode on a quartz surface can be terminated.


Density Functional Theory and Tight Binding-Based Dynamical Studies of Carbon Metal Systems of Relevance to Carbon Nanotube Growth

Kim Bolton1£¨£©, , Anders Börjesson1,2, Wuming Zhu2, Hakim Amara3, and Christophe Bichara4

1 School of Engineering, University of Borås, SE-501 90, Borås, Sweden

2 Department of Physics, Gothenburg University, SE-412 96, Gothenburg, Sweden

3 LEM, ONERA/CNRS, 29 Avenue de la Division Leclerc, F92322 Chatillon, France

4 CINaM, CNRS, 13288 Marseille, France

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9064-1

Nano Res (2009)2:774-782

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Diffusion and aggregation of nickel atoms at the open ends of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) do not change the nanotube chirality, supporting the possibility of chirality-controlled SWNT regrowth.


The Dynamics of the Nucleation, Growth and Termination of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes from in situ Raman Spectroscopy During Chemical Vapor Deposition

Paul Finnie1,2£¨£©, Andrew Li-Pook-Than1,2, and Jacques Lefebvre1

1 Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council Canada, Building M-50, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0R6, Canada

2 Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9076-x

Nano Res (2009)2:783-792

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The dynamics of the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is extracted experimentally using in situ Raman spectroscopy. Three identifiable phases of growth are seen. The RBM band closely tracks the G band.


Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Growth with Non-Iron-Group ¡°Catalysts¡± by Chemical Vapor Deposition

Yoshikazu Homma1£¨£©, Huaping Liu1, , Daisuke Takagi2, and Yoshihiro Kobayashi2,

1 Department of Physics, Tokyo University of Science, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-8601, Japan

2 NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0198, Japan

Current address: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nanotechnology Research Institute, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8561, Japan

Current address: Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9082-z

Nano Res (2009)2:793-799

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Growth mechanism of SWCNTs on an sp2-solid-carbon surface. The core can be diamond, Si, SiC, or alumina.


Synthesis of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Induction Thermal Plasma

Keun Su Kim1, Ala Moradian2, Javad Mostaghimi2, Yasaman Alinejad1, Ali Shahverdi1, Benoit Simard3, and Gervais Soucy1£¨£©

1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Universit¨¦ de Sherbrooke, J1K 2R1, Canada

2 Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, M5S 3G8, Canada

3 Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council, K1A 0R6, Canada

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9085-9

Nano Res (2009)2:800-817

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In this article, we present our recent research efforts made for achieving major advances in the induction thermal plasma technology developed for the largescale synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes.


Effect of the Laser Heating of Nanotube Nuclei on the Nanotube Type Population

Pavel Nikolaev1£¨£©, William Holmes2, Edward Sosa3, Peter Boul3, and Sivaram Arepalli1

1 Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, 300 Cheoncheon-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon 440-746, Korea

2 Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080, USA

3 ERC Inc. / NASA Johnson Space Center, Mail Stop ES-4, P.O.Box 58561, Houston, TX 77258, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9086-8

Nano Res (2009)2:818-827

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Nanotube type population is shifted towards higher chiral angle by additional heating of nanotube nuclei in pulsed laser vaporization synthesis.


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