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Getting tubed: mechanical bond in endohedral derivatives of carbon nanotubes?

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Abstract

We present a brief overview of some of the most prominent examples of encapsulation of molecules inside carbon nanotubes. We then relate them to mechanically interlocked molecules, and in particular rotaxanes, by examining the most prominent features of the mechanical bond (topology, dynamic properties, and stability) and comparing them to those of endohedral derivatives of nanotubes. Our analysis shows that there is a surprisingly clear link between these two apparently disparate species.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2013, accepted on 28 Apr 2013, published on 08 May 2013 and first published online on 08 May 2013


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01683H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 7141-7148
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    Getting tubed: mechanical bond in endohedral derivatives of carbon nanotubes?

    A. de Juan and E. M. Pérez, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 7141
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01683H

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