Self-assembly of carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes into coaxial structures

Y. D. Kuang, San-Qiang Shi, P. K.L. Chan, C. Y. Chen

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Coaxial carbon nanotube/boron nitride nanotube (CNT/BNNT) multi-walled structures are ideal components in nanoelectronic systems. Our molecular dynamics simulations show that separate CNTs and BNNTs can self-assemble into stable coaxial structures in water under appropriate conditions. In case study three types of representative coaxial structures: (5, 5) CNT/(10, 10) BNNT, (5, 5) BNNT/(10, 10) CNT and (5, 5) BNNT/(10, 10) BNNT are obtained. Simulation results also reveal that the self-assembly time between two separate BNNTs is increased remarkably due to the polarization of BNNTs in water. The mechanism of self-assembly among these tubes is demonstrated in detail. Further, coaxial (10, 10) BNNT/(10, 10) CNT/(15, 15) BNNT nanoheterojunctions are achieved for potential application in nanoelectronic systems. The present work shows the feasibility to fabricate the coaxial nanodevices such as insulating high-strength cables, high frequency oscillators and nanojunctions using self-assembly approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-650
Number of pages6
JournalComputational Materials Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Nanodevices
  • Polarization
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computational Mathematics


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