Matete G Mashapa

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The effect of defect complexes on the stability, structural and electronic properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes is investigated using the ab initio pseudopotential density functional method implemented in the Castep code. We found more substantial atomic relaxations in the zig-zag carbon nanotube than the armchair one. We(More)
The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT(More)
A systematic study of vacancies in single-walled carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes was carried out. First principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory using the CASTEP code are used to optimize fully the geometries of the systems. The generalized gradient approximation is used for the exchange-correlation functional.(More)
Spin polarized density functional theory has been used to investigate the structural stability and electronic properties of extrinsic and intrinsic defects in boron nitride nanotubes. Carbon substitutional defects under nitrogen rich and boron-rich growth conditions have the lowest heats of formation compared to boron and nitrogen antisites. Creating a(More)
Using first principles-density functional theory, a theoretical study of the electronic properties of (5, 5) armchair single-walled carbon nanotube doped with transitions metals (Fe, Co and Ni) is presented. The generalized gradient approximation was used for the exchange-correlation potentials. The energy cut-off of 500 eV was adopted in the study. The(More)
The effect of divacancies on the stability, structural and electronic properties of carbon and boron nitride nanotubes is studied using the ab initio density functional method. V(B)B(N) is more stable in the boron-rich and less stable in the nitrogen-rich growth conditions, and V(N)N(B) is more stable in the nitrogen-rich than in the boron-rich conditions.(More)
Structural and mechanical properties of armchair, zig-zag and chiral single-walled carbon nanotubes are computed by employing Molecular Dynamics simulation technique using Discover code with Compass force field via Materials Studio program developed by the Accelrys. Consistent with the literature, we find that the armchair SWCNT is energetically favored(More)
We investigated the electrical conductivity of the small radius oxygen-doped (2,1) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) using first-principles density functional theory (DFT). We found that introduction of oxygen does not significantly change the global structure of the SWCNT, and thus the bonding mode of the structure is not remarkably altered. The(More)
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