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Energy-Absorbing Hybrid Composites Based on Alternate Carbon-Nanotube and Inorganic Layers

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  • Qiang Zhang,

    1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University Beijing 100084 (PR China)
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  • Mengqiang Zhao,

    1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University Beijing 100084 (PR China)
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  • Yi Liu,

    1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University Beijing 100084 (PR China)
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  • Anyuan Cao,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology Peking University Beijing 100871 (PR China)
    • Department of Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology Peking University Beijing 100871 (PR China).
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  • Weizhong Qian,

    1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University Beijing 100084 (PR China)
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  • Yunfeng Lu,

    Corresponding author
    1. Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095 (USA)
    • Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095 (USA).
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  • Fei Wei

    Corresponding author
    1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University Beijing 100084 (PR China)
    • Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University Beijing 100084 (PR China).
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Abstract

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Hybrid materials with aligned carbon nanotubes intercalating naturally layered compounds (see upper figures) are fabricated using general metal-ion intercalation and in situ growth. As indicated by SEM images (lower figures), they exhibit periodic and hierarchical structures. The ability to control their composition resulted in some samples possessing excellent mechanical properties, such as high energy absorption during compression.

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