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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    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)8398-8401
    Number of pages4
    JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
    Issue number29
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2017


    • fullerenes
    • microfluidics
    • nanotubules
    • self-assembly
    • shear


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