The crossing number cr(G) of a graph G is the smallest number of edge crossings in any drawing of G. In this paper, we prove that there exists a unique 5-regular graph G on 10 vertices with cr(G) = 2. This answers a question by Chia and Gan in the negative. In addition, we also give a new proof of Chia and Gan’s result which states that if G is a non-planar 5-regular graph on 12 vertices, then cr(G) ≥ 2.
In [C. Thomassen, Tilings of the torus and the Klein bottle and vertex-transitive graphs on a fixed surface, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 323 (1991) 605–635], Thomassen described completely all (except finitely many) regular tilings of the torus S1 and the Klein bottle N2 into (3,6)-tilings, (4,4)-tilings and (6,3)-tilings. Many authors made great efforts to investigate the crossing number (in the plane) of the Cartesian product of an m-cycle and an n-cycle, which is a special (4,4)-tiling. For other tilings, there are quite rare results concerning on their crossing numbers. This motivates us in the paper to determine the crossing number of a hexagonal graph H3, n, which is a special kind of (3,6)-tilings.