Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Carbon Nanostructures: The Nanotubes

  • István LászlóEmail author
  • Ibolya Zsoldos
Part of the Carbon Materials: Chemistry and Physics book series (CMCP, volume 9)


Molecular dynamics calculations can reveal the physical and chemical properties of various carbon nanostructures or can help to devise the possible formation pathways. In our days the most well-known carbon nanostructures are the fullerenes, the nanotubes, and the graphene. The fullerenes and nanotubes can be thought of as being formed from graphene sheets, i.e., single layers of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice. Usually the nature does not follow the mathematical constructions. Although the first time the C60 and the C70 were produced by laser-irradiated graphite, the fullerene formation theories are based on various fragments of carbon chains and networks of pentagonal and hexagonal rings. In the present article, using initial structures cut out from graphene will be presented in various formation pathways for the armchair (5,5) and zigzag (9,0) nanotubes. The interatomic forces in our molecular dynamics simulations will be calculated using tight-binding Hamiltonian.


Molecular Dynamic Simulation Environmental Temperature Initial Structure Molecular Motor Carbon Nanostructures 
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The authors thank for the support of grant TÁMOP-4.2.2/A-11/1/KONV-2012-0029 project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theoretical Physics, Institute of PhysicsBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Faculty of Technology SciencesSzéchenyi István UniversityGyőrHungary

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