Category: Micro- and Nanotechnologies
We investigated the position controlling C60 fullerene encapsulated into a graphene-nanoribbon trench via classical molecular dynamics simulations. The graphene-nanoribbon trench can provide nanoscale empty spaces, and a C60 encapsulated therein can be considered as media for a nanoelectromechanical shuttle device. The classical molecular dynamics simulations presented here provide information on the potential application of a graphene-nanoribbon trench in a C60 shuttle device. Driving forces applied to C60 resulted in its motion toward the edges of the graphene-nanoribbon trench, the suction forces induced at both edges were balanced with the driving forces, and finally, the C60 fullerene gradually settled on the edges of the graphene-nanoribbon trench after several oscillations. The results of the present simulation suggest the importance of graphene-nanoribbon trenches encapsulating fullerenes in a wide range of applications in the field of nanotechnology.
Acknowledgments: This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future planning (2015R1A1A1A05027643),
Jeong Won Kang– Prof., Korea National University of Transporation, ChungJu, Ch'ungch'ong-bukto, Republic of Korea