Volume 92 Issue 16 | p. 30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 21, 2014

Making Carbon Nanotube Rotaxanes

Chemists thread a macrocycle around a single-walled carbon nanotube
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: carbon nanotubes, rotaxane

Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are a promising base for organic electronics, but attempts to add components to the structures to gain additional functions can change the material’s electronic properties by saturating desirable carbon-carbon double bonds. A team led by Emilio M. Pérez of Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Nanoscience, in Spain, has developed a strategy for tying a macrocycle around a SWNT, like a ring on a very long finger. . . .

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