Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes

Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes are allotropes of carbon characterized by a hollow structure and extraordinary thermal, electrical and mechanical properties. Spherical fullerenes are also called buckyballs, whereas cylindrical ones are known as nanotubes. The walls of these structures consist of a single layer of carbon atoms (graphene).

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    Dilanthanide complexes that possess radical bridges exhibit enhanced magnetic exchange coupling, affording molecular magnets with high blocking temperatures. Here, the authors explore a series of dilanthanide-encapsulated fullerenes where the radical bridge is taken to its limit and the role is played by a single unpaired electron.

    • Fupin Liu
    • , Georgios Velkos
    • , Denis S. Krylov
    • , Lukas Spree
    • , Michal Zalibera
    • , Rajyavardhan Ray
    • , Nataliya A. Samoylova
    • , Chia-Hsiang Chen
    • , Marco Rosenkranz
    • , Sandra Schiemenz
    • , Frank Ziegs
    • , Konstantin Nenkov
    • , Aram Kostanyan
    • , Thomas Greber
    • , Anja U. B. Wolter
    • , Manuel Richter
    • , Bernd Büchner
    • , Stanislav M. Avdoshenko
    •  & Alexey A. Popov
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    The structures of fullerenes, or buckyballs, are often very difficult to resolve. Here, the authors describe a decapyrrylcorannulene host with ten flexible pyrryl groups that can efficiently co-crystallize with diverse fullerene derivatives in a ‘hand-ball-hand’ fashion, allowing crystallographic identification of commonly known types of fullerenes.

    • Yun-Yan Xu
    • , Han-Rui Tian
    • , Shu-Hui Li
    • , Zuo-Chang Chen
    • , Yang-Rong Yao
    • , Shan-Shan Wang
    • , Xin Zhang
    • , Zheng-Zhong Zhu
    • , Shun-Liu Deng
    • , Qianyan Zhang
    • , Shangfeng Yang
    • , Su-Yuan Xie
    • , Rong-Bin Huang
    •  & Lan-Sun Zheng
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    The development of electrically conductive fibres is attractive for wearable electronics, but performance should be maintained upon deformation and tensile strain. Here the authors fabricate flexible, stretchable, carbon nanotube-coated spandex fibres for supercapacitors and artificial muscles.

    • Wonkyeong Son
    • , Sungwoo Chun
    • , Jae Myeong Lee
    • , Yourack Lee
    • , Jeongmin Park
    • , Dongseok Suh
    • , Duck Weon Lee
    • , Hachul Jung
    • , Young-Jin Kim
    • , Younghoon Kim
    • , Soon Moon Jeong
    • , Sang Kyoo Lim
    •  & Changsoon Choi

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