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Linear Nanomotor Based on Electromigration of a Nanoparticle Encapsulated in a Carbon Nanotube

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We investigated a linear nanomotor based on the telescoping carbon nanotube motion induced by electromigration of an encapsulated nanoparticle. The nanoparticle motion induced by the electric current makes the inner nanotube linearly telescope or retreat. Theoretical results using a kinetic Monte Carlo method were in good agreement with previous experiments. The telescoping speed of the linear nanomotor exponentially decreased with increasing mass of the inner nanotube.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2011

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