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Researchers at University of Mazandaran Target Fullerenes

January 31, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- New research on Fullerenes is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Babol Sar, Iran, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "We implement the ab initio van der Waals (vdW) calculations at the density functional level of theory (vdW-DF) for the investigation of Pt adsorption ability of Al-doped carbon nanotubes (Al-CNTs). We present and discuss the energetically favorable sites for a single Pt atom adsorbed on the surface of Al-CNTs."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Mazandaran, "Our results show significantly increment in the binding energy of Pt on the Al-CNT compared with pristine CNTs. We also find that Pt adsorption ability of Al-CNTs is more stronger than that of B- and N-doped CNTs. This is explained by the negative charges introduced in the neighboring C atoms by dopant atom."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Our results verify that Al-doped CNTs seems to be more suitable materials for Pt adsorption than pure and also B- and N-doped CNTs."

For more information on this research see: Doping of carbon nanotubes with aluminum atom to improve Pt adsorption. Applied Surface Science, 2014;290():86-91. Applied Surface Science can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier -; Applied Surface Science -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M.D. Ganji, Mazandaran Univ, Dept. of Mech Engn, Babol Sar, Iran. Additional authors for this research include M.G. Ahangari and A. Khosravi (see also Fullerenes).

Keywords for this news article include: Iran, Asia, Aluminum, Babol Sar, Fullerenes, Light Metals, Nanotechnology, Carbon Nanotubes, Emerging Technologies

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