Structures of water molecular nanotube induced by axial tensile strains

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6288-6293
Journal / PublicationPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2008


Five well-ordered nano-ice structures embedded in carbon nanotubes are obtained in this study. These five nano-ice phases all exhibit single walled tubular morphologies, including the pentagon, hexagon ice nanotubes whose structures are quite different from bulk ice. Our simulation results indicate that water molecules tend to rearrange into surface ring structures to reduce the number of free OH groups. The structural behavior of these ice nanotubes inside CNTs subject to axial stress is also investigated. The ice nanotubes tend to be drawn to ice nanorings or ice nanospring during the mechanical stretching. The distribution function exhibits typical order-to-disorder transition of the water network confined in carbon nanotube during the stretching. By analysis, we suggest that it is unlikely that additional water molecules will enter the tubes because of the increased volume available if the tubes are stretched at contact with a water reservoir. © 2008 Elsevier B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Carbon nanotube, Ice nanotube, Stretching