Hierarchical aqueous self-assembly of C60 nano-whiskers and C60-silver nano-hybrids under continuous flow

K. Swaminathan Iyer, Colin L. Raston, Martin Saunders

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The ubiquitous starch-iodine complex can be used to organize hydrophobic fullerene C60 in water into nano-whiskers shrouded by the biopolymer, and are approximately 5-8 nm in cross section, and 250-350 nm in length, as a hierarchical self assembly process. The preformed starch-iodine complex reacts with solid pristine C60 affording nano-whiskers with iodine surrounding the fullerene array, the iodine then being removed on treatment with ascorbic acid. The hydrophobic surface of the nano-whiskers of C60 can be coated with silver metal in a controlled way using 'soft energy' spinning disc processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1124
Number of pages4
JournalLab on a Chip
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


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