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Nanoscale friction

Sliding charges

In contrast to the ultralow friction that exists between carbon layers in multiwalled carbon nanotubes, multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes are found to exhibit ultrahigh interlayer friction as a result of their ionic character.

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Figure 1: Measurement of interlayer friction in multiwalled nanotubes.
Figure 2: Physical origin of the ultrahigh dissipative friction in boron nitride nanotubes.


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Szoszkiewicz, R., Riedo, E. Sliding charges. Nature Mater 13, 666–668 (2014).

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