Boron-nitride and boron-carbonitride nanotubes: Synthesis, characterization and theory

  • Arenal R
  • Blase X
  • Loiseau A
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Abstract

We present in this review a joint experimental and theoretical overview of the synthesis techniques and properties of boron-nitride (BN) and boron-carbonitride (BCN) nanotubes. While their tubular structure is similar to that of their carbon analogues, we show that their electronic properties are significantly different. BN tubes are wide band gap insulators while BCN systems can be semiconductors with a band gap in the visible range. We present in this review a joint experimental and theoretical overview of the synthesis techniques and properties of boron-nitride (BN) and boron-carbonitride (BCN) nanotubes. While their tubular structure is similar to that of their carbon analogues, we show that their electronic properties are significantly different. BN tubes are wide band gap insulators while BCN systems can be semiconductors with a band gap in the visible range.

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