Liquid flow-induced energy harvesting in carbon nanotubes: A molecular dynamics study

Baoxing XU, Xi CHEN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Energy harvesting by the flow of a hydrochloric acid-water solution through a carbon nanotube (CNT) is explored using atomistic simulations. Through ion configurations near the CNT wall, the ion drifting velocity is obtained, and the induced voltage along the axial direction is obtained as a function of key material and system parameters, including the applied flow rate, ambient temperature, solution concentration and nanotube diameter. The molecular mechanism of ion hopping and motion is elucidated and related to the variation of material and system parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1164-1168
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11172231), National Science Foundation (CMMI0643726), DARPA (W91CRB-11-C-0112), and World Class University program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (R32-2008-000-20042-0).


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