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Title: Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules

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  1. ORNL
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; Center for Computational Sciences
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program; USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nanotechnology; Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 42
Country of Publication:
United States

Citation Formats

Meunier, Vincent, and Sumpter, Bobby G. Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1088/0957-4484/18/42/424032.
Meunier, Vincent, & Sumpter, Bobby G. Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules. United States. doi:10.1088/0957-4484/18/42/424032.
Meunier, Vincent, and Sumpter, Bobby G. Mon . "Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules". United States. doi:10.1088/0957-4484/18/42/424032.
title = {Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules},
author = {Meunier, Vincent and Sumpter, Bobby G},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1088/0957-4484/18/42/424032},
journal = {Nanotechnology},
number = 42,
volume = 18,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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