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Novel three-dimensional boron nitride allotropes from compressed nanotube bundles

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Abstract

Phase transitions of single-walled boron nitride nanotube bundles under high pressure were investigated. Multiple three-dimensional boron nitride allotropes were identified from the transition products, which highly depended on factors including compressing mode, nanotube geometry, and intertube orientation. Sequential theoretical calculations indicated a variety of electronic and mechanical properties for these novel boron nitride polymorphs, such as tunable band gap, ductility, high tensile strength, and superhardness. Especially, a direct band gap superhard phase, 3D (10,0)-III, and a ductile superhard phase, 3D (4,4)-I, were revealed. This study should stimulate further theoretical and experimental work on novel boron nitride allotropes with unique electronic and mechanical properties.

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The article was received on 07 May 2014, accepted on 26 Jun 2014 and first published on 27 Jun 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC00938J
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014,2, 7022-7028

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    Novel three-dimensional boron nitride allotropes from compressed nanotube bundles

    M. Xiong, C. Fan, Z. Zhao, Q. Wang, J. He, D. Yu, Z. Liu, B. Xu and Y. Tian, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 2, 7022
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TC00938J

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