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Packing C60 in boron nitride nanotubes.

Authors
  • Mickelson, W
  • Aloni, S
  • Han, Wei-Qiang
  • Cumings, John
  • Zettl, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science
Publisher
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Publication Date
Apr 18, 2003
Volume
300
Issue
5618
Pages
467–469
Identifiers
PMID: 12702871
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We have created insulated C60 nanowire by packing C60 molecules into the interior of insulating boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). For small-diameter BNNTs, the wire consists of a linear chain of C60 molecules.With increasing BNNT inner diameter, unusual C60 stacking configurations are obtained (including helical, hollow core, and incommensurate) that are unknown for bulk or thin-film forms of C60.C60 in BNNTs thus presents a model system for studying the properties of dimensionally constrained "silo" crystal structures. For the linear-chain case, we have fused the C60 molecules to form a single-walled carbon nanotube inside the insulating BNNT.

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