Nanopumping using carbon nanotubes

Zeke Insepov, Dieter Wolf, Ahmed Hassanein

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A new "nanopumping" effect consisting of the activation of an axial gas flow inside a carbon nanotube by producing Rayleigh traveling waves on the nanotube surface is predicted. The driving force for the new effect is the friction between the gas particles and the nanotube walls. A molecular dynamics simulation of the new effect was carried out showing macroscopic flows of atomic and molecular hydrogen and helium gases in a carbon nanotube.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1893-1895
Number of pages3
JournalNano Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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