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Adatoms and nanoengineering of carbon

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Patrick Briddon


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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.

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Author(s): Ewels CP, Heggie MI, Briddon PR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Physics Letters

Year: 2002

Volume: 351

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 178-182

ISSN (print): 0009-2614

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4448

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/S0009-2614(01)01371-9


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