Enhancing conductivity of metallic carbon nanotube networks by transition metal adsorption

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The conductivity of carbon nanotube thin films is mainly determined by carbon nanotube junctions, the resistance of which can be reduced by several different methods. We investigate electronic transport through carbon nanotube junctions in a four-terminal configuration, where two metallic single-wall carbon nanotubes are linked by a group 6 transition metal atom. The transport calculations are based on the Green’s function method combined with the density-functional theory. The transition metal atom is found to enhance the transport through the junction near the Fermi level. However, the size of the nanotube affects the improvement in the conductivity. The enhancement is related to the hybridization of chromium and carbon atom orbitals, which is clearly reflected in the character of eigenstates near the Fermi level. The effects of chromium atoms and precursor molecules remaining adsorbed on the nanotubes outside the junctions are also examined.


Original languageEnglish
Article number054705
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Carbon nanotube network, DFT, Electron transport, Green´s function method

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