Volume 93 Issue 21 | p. 32 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 25, 2015

Getting (Nano)Tubular With Porphyrins

Self-Assembly: Template-assisted synthesis builds conjugated nanostructures from macrocycles
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE, Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: Porphyrin, nanotube, template

Nanotubes can exhibit exotic electronic properties when their atoms are willing to share delocalized electrons, but growing pristine tubes with prescribed orbital overlaps is a challenge. Researchers led by Harry L. Anderson of the University of Oxford now report a technique that uses porphyrin molecules to form well-defined, π-conjugated nanotubes (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201502735). The Oxford team first formed porphyrin dimers, . . .

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