Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Mechanics of halloysite nanotubes

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kheng-Lim GohORCiD


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


© 2015 by Apple Academic Press, Inc. Halloysite is a naturally occurring alumino silicate and its structural makeup is similar to kaolinite, that is, it features a laminar structure comprising repeating layers of one tetrahedral (silica) sheet and one octahedral (alumina) sheet. The two sheets are held together to form a single layer with a thickness of about 0.72 nm. Unlike kaolinite, halloysite is commonly seen in a tubular shape (Figure 14.1a, b), and for this reason, halloysite particles are commonly referred to as halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). Starting from a crystal lattice of a kaolinite sheet, it tends to an energetically stable structure by distorting (when hydrated) and deforming into a tube. The question on why it rolls instead of performing a tetrahedral rotation addresses the mechanics to correct for misfit of the octahedral (alumina) and tetrahedral (silica) sheets (Singh et al., 1996). Singh et al. (1996) presented an elegant model to explain that the rolling mechanism encounters lower resistance from the Si-Si repulsion (as compared to tetrahedral rotation) to correct the same amount of misfit.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Goh KL, De Silva R, Pasbakhsh P

Editor(s): Pooria Pasbakhsh and G. Jock Churchman

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Natural Mineral Nanotubes Properties and Applications

Year: 2015

Pages: 261-280

Print publication date: 04/02/2015

Online publication date: 04/02/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Apple Academic Press


DOI: 10.1201/b18107

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781482262254