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H. Manzano, A. N. Enyashin, J. S. Dolado, A. Ayuela, J. Frenzel and G. Seifert Do Cement Nanotubes exist? Advanced Materials 24

Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201103704

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Using atomistic simulations, this work indicates that cement nanotubes can exist. The chemically compatible nanotubes are constructed from the two main minerals in ordinary Portland cement pastes, namely calcium hydroxide and a calcium silicate hydrate called tobermorite. These results show that such nanotubes are stable and have outstanding mechanical properties, unique characteristics that make them ideally suitable for nanoscale reinforcements of cements.

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