Surface atom motion to move iron nanocrystals through constrictions in carbon nanotubes under the action of an electric current.

@article{Coh2013SurfaceAM,
  title={Surface atom motion to move iron nanocrystals through constrictions in carbon nanotubes under the action of an electric current.},
  author={Sinisa Coh and Will J Gannett and Alex Zettl and Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 18},
  pages={185901}
}
Under the application of electrical currents, metal nanocrystals inside carbon nanotubes can be bodily transported. We examine experimentally and theoretically how an iron nanocrystal can pass through a constriction in the carbon nanotube with a smaller cross-sectional area than the nanocrystal itself. Remarkably, through in situ transmission electron imaging and diffraction, we find that, while passing through a constriction, the nanocrystal remains largely solid and crystalline and the carbon… CONTINUE READING
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