Investigating the Effects of Molecular Oxygen Impurity on the Quadrupole Coupling Constants of Boron Nitride Nanotubes: Computational Studies

Document Type : Research Paper




Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to investigating the effects of the
molecular oxygen impurity on the quadrupole coupling constant (Qcc) parameters of armchair and zigzag
boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). Optimization processes have been performed to relax the original and
impure structures of the investigated BNNTs. Afterwards, the Qcc parameters have been evaluated for
the boron and nitrogen atoms of the optimized BNNTs. The results have indicated that the Qcc
parameters of boron and nitrogen atoms could detect the effects of oxygen impurity in the structure of
BNNTs, in which the changes of those nitrogen atoms dose to the impure region are more obvious. The
B3LYP and B3PW91 exchange-correlation functional methods and the 6-31G* standard basis set as
implemented in the Gaussian 98 package have been employed for performing the calculations.