Size dependence of the mechanical properties of ZnO nanobelts

M. Lucas, W. J. Mai, R. S. Yang, Z. L. Wang, E. Riedo

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The Young's modulus of ZnO nanobelts was measured using an atomic force microscope following the modulated nanoindentation method. The nanobelts have a rectangular cross-section, with width-to-thickness ratios ranging 1-10 and lengths up to a few millimetres. The Young's modulus of two nanobelts with width-to-thickness ratio of 2.2 and 1.3 was measured at 55 and 108 GPa, respectively, indicating a size dependence of the elastic properties of the nanobelts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2135-2141
Number of pages7
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number14-15
StatePublished - 2007

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The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Department of Energy under grant No. DE-FG02-06ER46293.


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