Inorganic Fullerenes and Nanotubes

Authored by: Andrey Enyashin , Gotthard Seifert

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075427
eBook ISBN: 9781420075434
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Nanosized allotropes of inorganic compounds demonstrate a high variety of their morphology from small nanoplatelets, nanostripes, and nanorods, which may be understood as cutouts of the bulk modifications up to larger hollow nanotubes, fullerene-like particles, and fullerenes with a polymorphic atomistic structure, which deviates from that of the bulk state. The small particles are characterized by a large amount of chemically active atoms with dangling bonds, whereas the atoms in the fullerenic and tubular species possessing a cavity are coordinatively saturated and are more inert.

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