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Nanomaterials 2016, 6(12), 242; doi:10.3390/nano6120242

Vibration of Piezoelectric ZnO-SWCNT Nanowires

Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, College of Engineering, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea, Wales SA2 8EN, UK
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Academic Editors: Liying Jiang, Zhi Yan, Rusen Yang and Yong Qin
Received: 5 November 2016 / Revised: 5 December 2016 / Accepted: 7 December 2016 / Published: 15 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Piezoelectric Nanomaterials)
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A hybrid nanowire (HNW) was constructed by coating a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) with piezoelectric zinc oxide (ZnO). The two components of the HNW interact with each other via the van der Waals (vdW) force. This paper aims to study the effect of the piezoelectricity in the ZnO layer and the inter-phase vdW interaction on the fundamental vibration of the HNWs. In doing this, a new model was developed where the two components of the HNWs were modeled as Euler beams coupled via the interphase vdW interaction. Based on the model, the dependence of the frequency on an applied electrical voltage was calculated for HNWs of different geometric sizes to reveal the voltage effect. The results were then compared with those calculated without considering the inter-phase vdW interaction. It was found that the interphase vdW interaction can substantially decrease the structural stiffness, leading to a greatly enhanced piezoelectric effect but a lower frequency for the vibration of the HNWs. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon nanotubes; zinc oxide coating layer; hybrid nanowires; vibration; piezoelectric effect; inter-phase van der Waals interaction; Euler beam model carbon nanotubes; zinc oxide coating layer; hybrid nanowires; vibration; piezoelectric effect; inter-phase van der Waals interaction; Euler beam model

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Xiao, Y.; Wang, C.; Feng, Y. Vibration of Piezoelectric ZnO-SWCNT Nanowires. Nanomaterials 2016, 6, 242.

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