Carbon nanotube-carbyne composite: A nanoreactor in a quasi-1D liquid state

Eric Ganz, Ariel B. Ganz, Li Ming Yang, Matthew Dornfeld

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It has recently been shown by Shi et al. that incredibly long carbyne chains up to 6000 atoms can be grown experimentally inside double walled carbon nanotube nanoreactors. The nanotubes stabilize these carbyne chains. Of course, carbon nanotubes themselves have remarkable properties including high temperature stability, and remarkable strength for weight. We have used reliable ab initio density functional theory molecular dynamics calculations to study the high temperature behavior and initial stages of melting of carbyne chains, carbon nanotubes, C60, and carbon nanotube-carbyne composites between 3000 and 5000 K. We find that the carbon nanotubes stabilize internal carbyne 1D chains and act as nanoreactors. Included molecular dynamics movies reveal carbyne chains in a quasi-1D liquid state inside the nanotube, a quasi-2D liquid state, and early melting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-415
Number of pages7
JournalComputational Materials Science
StatePublished - Jun 15 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge computational support from the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. L.-M. Y. gratefully acknowledges support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21673087 ), Startup Fund ( 2006013118 and 3004013105 ) and Independent Innovation Research Fund ( 0118013090 ) from Huazhong University of Science and Technology .

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© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • Carbon nanotube
  • Carbyne
  • Melting
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Nanoreactor


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