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We present a new and general mechanism for inter-conversion of carbon structures via a catalytic exchange process, which operates under conditions of Frenkel pair generation. The mechanism typically lowers reaction barriers by a factor of four compared to equivalent uncatalysed reactions. We examine the relevance of this mechanism for fullerene growth, carbon onions and nanotubes, and dislocations in irradiated graphite. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Ewels CP, Heggie MI, Briddon PR
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Chemical Physics Letters
ISSN (print): 0009-2614
ISSN (electronic): 1873-4448
Publisher: Elsevier BV
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