Advanced Functional Materials

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23_15b/2013Carbon Nanotubes: Atomistic Investigation of Load Transfer Between DWNT Bundles “Crosslinked” by PMMA Oligomers (Adv. Funct. Mater. 15/2013)

On page 1883 Markus J. Buehler, Horacio D. Espinosa, and co-workers report a study designed to probe the interfacial shear strength between carbon nanotube (CNT) bundles, which is a key element in the bottom-up hierarchical design of CNT fibers with unprecedented mechanical performance. The back cover image blends renderings from atomistic and coarse-grain molecular dynamics simulations with scanning electron microscopy images of shearing between surface-functionalized doublewalled nanotube (DWNT) bundles. The background shows a mat of CNT bundles from which a pair of bundles is selected for testing.

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