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Fullerene-driven encapsulation of a luminescent Eu(III) complex in carbon nanotubes

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A novel CNT-based hybrid luminescent material was obtained via encapsulation of a C60-based Eu(III) complex into single-, double- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs, DWCNTs and MWCNTs, respectively). Specifically, a luminescent negatively charged Eu(III) complex, electrostatically bonded to an imidazolium-functionalized fullerene cage, was transported inside CNTs by exploiting the affinity of fullerenes for the inner surface of these carbonaceous containers. The filling was performed under supercritical CO2 (scCO2) conditions to facilitate the entrapment of the ion-paired assembly. Accurate elemental, spectroscopic and morphological characterization not only demonstrated the efficiency of the filling strategy, but also the occurrence of nano-ordering of the encapsulated supramolecular luminophores when SWCNTs were employed.

Graphical abstract: Fullerene-driven encapsulation of a luminescent Eu(iii) complex in carbon nanotubes

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The article was received on 04 Nov 2013, accepted on 05 Dec 2013 and first published on 12 Dec 2013

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05876J
Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 2887-2894
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    Fullerene-driven encapsulation of a luminescent Eu(III) complex in carbon nanotubes

    L. Maggini, M. Füstös, T. W. Chamberlain, C. Cebrián, M. Natali, M. Pietraszkiewicz, O. Pietraszkiewicz, E. Székely, K. Kamarás, L. De Cola, A. N. Khlobystov and D. Bonifazi, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 2887
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05876J

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