Surfactant-free Fabrication of Fullerene C60 Nanotubules Under Shear

Kasturi Vimalanathan, Rekha Shrestha, Zhi Zhang, Jin Zou, Tomonobu Nakayama, Colin Raston

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    Abstract

    A method for controlling the self-assembly of fullerene C 60 molecules into nanotubules in the fcc phase, devoid of entrapped solvent, has been established in a thin film microfluidic device. The micron length C 60 nanotubules, with individual hollow diameters of 100 to 400 nm, are formed under continuous flow processing during high shear micromixing of water and a toluene solution of the fullerene, in the absence of surfactant, and without the need for further down-stream processing. TEM revealed pores on the surface of the nanotubes, and the isolated material has a much higher response to small molecule sensing than that for analogous material formed using multistep batch processing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-5
    Number of pages5
    JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
    Volume55
    Issue number29
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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