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date: 15 December 2019

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This article examines the physical consequences of defects and disorder in carbon nanotubes (CNTs). It begins with a pedagogical categorization of the types of defects and disorder found in CNTs, including lattice vacancies and bond rotations, and goes on to discuss considers two primary sources of disorder: the environment surrounding a CNT and the substrate supporting it. It then considers various experimental methods for locating defects in CNTs, including atomic-resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electrochemical and chemoselective labelling, optical spectroscopy, and electrical conductance. The article concludes with a review of the long-range consequences of defects and disorder on the physical properties of CNTs such as chemical reactivity, electrical transport, and mechanical effects.

Keywords: defects, disorder, carbon nanotubes, lattice vacancies, bond rotations, scanning tunnelling microscopy, optical spectroscopy, electrical conductance, chemical reactivity, electrical transport

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