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An overview of the recent advances in inorganic nanotubes

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Abstract

Advanced nanomaterials play a prominent role in nanoscience and nanotechnology developments, opening new frontiers in these areas. Among these nanomaterials, due to their unique characteristics and enhanced chemical and physical properties, inorganic nanotubes have been considered one of the most interesting nanostructures. In recent years, important progress has been achieved in the production and study of these nanomaterials, including boron nitride, transition metal dichalcogenide nanotubular structures, misfit-based nanotubes and other hybrid/doped nanotubular objects. This review is devoted to the in-depth analysis of recent studies on the synthesis, atomic structures, properties and applications of inorganic nanotubes and related nanostructures. Particular attention is paid to the growth mechanism of these nanomaterials. This is a crucial point for the challenges ahead related to the mass production of high-quality defect-free nanotubes for a variety of applications.

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Submitted
02 Mar 2019
Accepted
26 Mar 2019
First published
28 Mar 2019

Nanoscale, 2019,11, 8073-8090
Article type
Review Article

An overview of the recent advances in inorganic nanotubes

M. Serra, R. Arenal and R. Tenne, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 8073
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR01880H

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