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Anders Börjesson is Ph.D. student in the Nanoparticle platform. His Ph.D. project is titled "Theoretical studies of Carbon Nanotube growth" and is supervised by Prof. Kim Bolton. The project focuses on achieving better understanding of the fundamental steps of carbon nanotube nucleation and growth.
Carbon nanotubes growing from metal particles are known show different characteristics depending on their structure (chirality).
A slight change make the difference between metallic or semiconducting tubes. For designing electronic devices from CNT it is desirable to chose the chirality already from growth. This has not yet been achieved in a satisfying manner and the under-standing of the fundamental steps of growth is still missing.
In the project computational methods, such as molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo, are used for studying the CNT growth mechanism in detail.
The figure shows a schematic picture of a carbon nanotube growing from a free cluster.
The project is carried out in collaboration with the experimental project of Niklas Olofsson.