Boron Nitride Nanoscrolls

  • E. Perim
  • D. S. Galvao


Recently, based on computer simulations, it has been proposed that stable boron nitride nanoscrolls (BNNSs) can exist. In this work we show that the BNNSs stability mechanisms follow the same simple physical principles proposed for carbon nanoscrolls (CNSs). For both classes of scrolls, the mechanical stability arises as the result of the interplay between attractive van der Waals forces and the elastic (bending) deformations. The topology (chirality) of the scrolled single-layer membranes plays an important role defining BNNS stability. A controled way to produce BNNSs is also addressed.

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