Chen, Ying; Chadderton, Lewis; Fitz Gerald, John; Williams, James S
The formation of boron nitride (BN) nanotubes via a solid-state process is demonstrated. The nanotubes are produced by first ball-milling hexagonal BN powder to generate highly disordered or amorphous nanostructures, followed by annealing at temperatures up to 1300 °C. The annealing leads to the nucleation and growth of hexagonal BN nanotubes of both cylindrical and bamboo-like morphology. Unlike previous mechanisms for nanotube formation, the reordering and solid-state growth process of our...[Show more]
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