Workshop on Self-Assembled Bio-Inspired Materials for Energy
Poster Abstract: Nanodroplet Activated and Guided Folding of Graphene Nanostructures
Niladri Patra, Boyang Wang, and Petr Král
Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois 60607, USA
We demonstrate by molecular dynamics simulations that water nanodroplets can activate and guide the folding of planar graphene nanostructures. Once the nanodroplets are deposited at selected spots on the planar nanostructure, they can act as catalytic elements that initiate conformational changes and help to overcome deformation barriers associated with them. Nanodroplets can induce rapid bending, folding, sliding, rolling, and zipping of the planar nanostructures, which can lead to the assembly of nanoscale sandwiches, capsules, knots, and rings.
N. Patra, B. Wang and P. Král, Nanodroplet Activated and Guided Folding of Graphene Nanostructures, Nano Letters 9, 3766 (2009); highlighted: Nature 462, 658 (2009).