DFT Study on Structural and Mechanical Properties of Single-walled Carbon and Boron Nitride Nanotubes Functionalized with Carbenes

Authors I.K. Petrushenko

Physical and Technical Institute, Irkutsk National Research Technical University, 83, Lermontov st., 664074 Irkutsk, Russia

Е-mail igor.petrushenko@istu.edu
Issue Volume 8, Year 2016, Number 3
Dates Received 04 May 2016; published online 03 October 2016
Citation I.K. Petrushenko, J. Nano- Electron. Phys. 8 No 3, 03031 (2016)
DOI 10.21272/jnep.8(3).03031
PACS Number(s) 31.15.E –, 61.48. – c, 62.20.de,71.15.Mb
Keywords DFT (21) , PBE (4) , Single-walled carbon nanotube (2) , Boron nitride nanotube, Young’s modulus (3) .
Annotation This paper presents quantum chemistry study on structural and mechanical properties of a series of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) functionalized with carbenes. At the PBE/SVP level, the obtained data on pristine nanotubes are in good accordance with the results of previous experimental and theoretical studies. The calculations show that carbenes functionalization, in general, distorts both SWNCTs and BNNTs frameworks, but there exists the difference between ‘axial’ and ‘circumferential’ functionalization. It turns out that in both cases elastic properties diminish with increasing concentration of adsorbents, however, the functionalized SWCNTs and BNNTs remain strong enough to be suitable for reinforcement of composites.

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