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The physical and chemical properties of heteronanotubes


Rubio,  Angel
Nano Bio Spectroscopy Group and ETSF Scientific Development Centre, Department of Materials Science, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU and DIPC;
Theory, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Ayal, P., Arenal, R., Loiseau, A., Rubio, A., & Pichler, T. (2010). The physical and chemical properties of heteronanotubes. Reviews of Modern Physics, 82, 1843-1885. doi:10.1103/RevModPhys.82.1843.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-29E6-8
Carbon nanotubes undoubtedly take a leading position in nanotechnology research owing to their well-known outstanding structural and electronic properties. Inspired by this, hybrid and functionalized tubular structures have been constructed via several modification paths that involve the presence of molecules, generation of defects, and partial or full replacement of the carbon atoms, always maintaining a nanotube structure. The possibilities are countless. However, this review is mainly dedicated to giving a fundamental insight into the concepts behind wall modification, doping, and formation of a carbon nanotube structure. Theoretical concepts and experimental achievements ranging from carbon nanotubes with low B or N doping to the new physics behind boron nitride nanotubes are covered. Furthermore, special attention is devoted to the bulk and local characterization tools employed with these materials, their suitability and limitations. The theoretical approaches to describing the physical and chemical properties of heteronanotubes are objectively analyzed versus the materials available at this moment