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Applications of WS2 (MoS2) inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles for solid lubrication and for structural nanocomposites

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Abstract

Nanoparticles of WS2 and MoS2 with a closed cage structure (fullerene-like) that are termed IF phases are synthesized in large amounts in a pure form. These nanoparticles were shown to play a favorable role as solid lubricants under severe conditions where fluids are unable to support the heavy load and are squeezed away from the contact area. Various tribological scenarios are presented for these superior solid lubricants, demonstrating the large scale potential for applications of these materials. The mechanism of action of these solid lubricants is briefly discussed. Various other potential applications of IF phases for nanocomposites with high impact resistance; in rechargeable batteries and in optical devices are discussed in short.

Graphical abstract: Applications of WS2 (MoS2) inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles for solid lubrication and for structural nanocomposites

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The article was received on 16 Nov 2004, accepted on 01 Feb 2005 and first published on 22 Feb 2005


Article type: Application
DOI: 10.1039/B417488G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2005,15, 1782-1788
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    Applications of WS2 (MoS2) inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles for solid lubrication and for structural nanocomposites

    L. Rapoport, N. Fleischer and R. Tenne, J. Mater. Chem., 2005, 15, 1782
    DOI: 10.1039/B417488G

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