Pressure control model for transport of liquid mercury in carbon nanotubes

H. W. Zhang, Z. Q. Zhang, L. Wang, Y. G. Zheng, J. B. Wang, Z. K. Wang

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


Carbon nanotubes have a significant application in nanotechnology as nanopipes conveying fluids. In this letter, a pressure control model for transport of liquid mercury through carbon nanotubes using classical molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with an atomistic model is presented. Wetting of single-walled carbon nanotubes by mercury occurs above a threshold pressure of liquid mercury. The liquid mercury can be transported through carbon nanotubes with the continuous increase of its internal pressure. Also, the authors show that single-walled carbon nanotubes can transport liquid mercury discontinuously when a periodical pressure is applied on the liquid.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144105
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Pressure control model for transport of liquid mercury in carbon nanotubes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this