One-Dimensional Phosphorus Nanostructures: from Nanorings to Nanohelices

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  • University of Turin


Phosphorus nanorings and nanohelices—speculated to exist over 20 years ago—have been systematically derived from one parent structure and studied with quantum chemical methods. The (P8P2)n nanorings have been recently synthetized inside carbon nanotube templates, and our comprehensive analysis of possible structural arrangements strongly supports the possibility to experimentally determine the closely related (P8P2)n nanohelices. The nanohelices possess very low stiffness, suggesting interesting mechanical properties with nano-spring-like behavior.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15884-15888
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number63
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • allotropy, density functional calculations, helical structures, nanostructures, phosphorus

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