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Editorial

Carbon nanostructures—Introducing the latest web themed issue

Showcasing a collection of cutting edge contributions by international leaders in the field of carbon nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: Carbon nanostructures—Introducing the latest web themed issue
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Highlight

Carbon nanostructures for solar energy conversion schemes

Developing renewable energy is one of the challenges to society in the 21st century. One of the renewable energy technologies is solar energy conversion. This highlight surveys recent breakthroughs in the field of implementing carbon nanostructures—fullerenes (0D), carbon nanotubes (1D), carbon nanohorns, and graphene (2D)—into solar energy conversion schemes, that is, bulk heterojunction and dye-sensitized solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Carbon nanostructures for solar energy conversion schemes
From the themed collection: Highlights in Chemistry
Feature Article

Mechanically interlocked molecular architectures functionalised with fullerenes

The combination of fullerenes and mechanically interlocked molecular architectures has opened up a new field of research. A selection of representative examples of mechanically interlocked molecules functionalised with fullerenes are discussed here.

Graphical abstract: Mechanically interlocked molecular architectures functionalised with fullerenes
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Feature Article

Organic photovoltaics: a chemical approach

This feature article describes the important contribution of chemistry to the development of organic photovoltaics through those outstanding molecules which have been successfully used in the preparation of solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Organic photovoltaics: a chemical approach
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

sp hybridization in free carbon nanoparticles—presence and stability observed by near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

First near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy investigation of sp hybridized atoms presence and stability in free carbon nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: sp hybridization in free carbon nanoparticles—presence and stability observed by near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Direct formation of fullerene monolayers using [4+2] Diels–Alder cycloaddition

Covalent monolayers of fullerene derivatives are easily obtained using [4+2] cycloaddition.

Graphical abstract: Direct formation of fullerene monolayers using [4+2] Diels–Alder cycloaddition
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Electrostatically-driven assembly of MWCNTs with a europium complex

Red luminescent carbon materials are obtained through electrostatic interactions between MWCNT and a Eu(III) anionic complex.

Graphical abstract: Electrostatically-driven assembly of MWCNTs with a europium complex
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Fullerenes without symmetry: crystallographic characterization of C1(30)–C90 and C1(32)–C90

The structures of two fullerenes, C1(30)–C90 and C1(32)–C90, with only C1 symmetry have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction.

Graphical abstract: Fullerenes without symmetry: crystallographic characterization of C1(30)–C90 and C1(32)–C90
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Exfoliation of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene in water

We describe for the first time the exfoliation and dissolution of hexabenzocoronene in water. We introduce a suitable model system for the systematic investigation of the exfoliation process of graphene, which is probably the most interesting material for future applications in the field of molecular electronics.

Graphical abstract: Exfoliation of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene in water
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Microwave assisted covalent functionalization of C60@SWCNT peapods

The covalent functionalization of the external wall of C60@SWCNT peapods, by in situ generated aryl diazonium salts, assisted by microwave irradiation was reported and a thorough characterization was performed, while electrochemistry revealed the three reversible reductions of encapsulated C60.

Graphical abstract: Microwave assisted covalent functionalization of C60@SWCNT peapods
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Diameter-dependent, progressive alkylcarboxylation of single-walled carbon nanotubes

Diameter-dependent, progressive alkylcarboxylation of single-walled carbon nanotubes was demonstrated by recycling a modified Billups–Birch reaction. Alkylcarboxylation made SWNTs soluble in water, allowing the more readily functionalized, smaller diameter nanotubes to be enriched by water extraction.

Graphical abstract: Diameter-dependent, progressive alkylcarboxylation of single-walled carbon nanotubes
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Face-to-face C6F5[60]fullerene interaction for ordering fullerene molecules and application to thin-film organic photovoltaics

C6F5–fullerene interactions between C60(CH2C6F5)2 molecules afford ordering of structures, which are utilized for organic thin-film photovoltaic cells.

Graphical abstract: Face-to-face C6F5–[60]fullerene interaction for ordering fullerene molecules and application to thin-film organic photovoltaics
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Highly efficient photoluminescent graphene oxide with tunable surface properties

Alkylamines modified graphene oxide emits bright blue light with a quantum yield up to 13% under ultraviolet irradiation.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient photoluminescent graphene oxide with tunable surface properties
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Effect of anion binding on charge stabilization in a bis-fullereneoxoporphyrinogen conjugate

Photochemical charge stabilization in a bis-fullerene–oxoporphyrinogen triad is achieved by F binding through hydrogen bonding to the oxoporphyrinogen core.

Graphical abstract: Effect of anion binding on charge stabilization in a bis-fullerene–oxoporphyrinogen conjugate
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Retro-reaction of singly bonded La@C82 derivatives

Retro-reaction of radical mono-adducts of a paramagnetic endohedral metallofullerene, La@C2v-C82, is shown using thermal reaction in the presence of a radical trapping reagent, affording pristine La@C2v-C82 in high yield.

Graphical abstract: Retro-reaction of singly bonded La@C82 derivatives
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Optically active liquid-crystalline fullerodendrimers from enantiomerically pure fulleropyrrolidines

The design of enantiomerically pure liquid-crystalline fullerodendrimers is reported; our conceptual approach is general and can be applied to induce different types of chiral mesophases.

Graphical abstract: Optically active liquid-crystalline fullerodendrimers from enantiomerically pure fulleropyrrolidines
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Cycloaddition of benzyne to SWCNT: towards CNT-based paddle wheels

The cycloaddition of benzyne to SWCNT has been carried out for the first time. Raman spectroscopy, TGA, HR-TEM, UV-vis-NIR and XPS have been used for characterization.

Graphical abstract: Cycloaddition of benzyne to SWCNT: towards CNT-based paddle wheels
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Uniform and rich-wrinkled electrophoretic deposited graphene film: a robust electrochemical platform for TNT sensing

A uniform and rich-wrinkled electrophoretic deposited graphene film was utilized as the prominent analytical platform for electrochemical sensitive determination of nitroaromatic explosive compounds, such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT).

Graphical abstract: Uniform and rich-wrinkled electrophoretic deposited graphene film: a robust electrochemical platform for TNT sensing
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Dispersion of carbon nanotubes by photo- and thermal-responsive polymers containing azobenzene unit in the backbone

Stimuli-responsive polymers containing azobenzene units in the main chain have been utilized as removable dispersants for single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Graphical abstract: Dispersion of carbon nanotubes by photo- and thermal-responsive polymers containing azobenzene unit in the backbone
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Synthesis of a new endohedral fullerene family, Sc2S@C2n (n = 40–50) by the introduction of SO2

By introducing SO2 as the sulfur source, the synthesis of an extensive family of endohedral fullerenes Sc2S@C2n (n = 40–50) was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of a new endohedral fullerene family, Sc2S@C2n (n = 40–50) by the introduction of SO2
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Ordering phthalocyanine–C60 fullerene conjugates on individual carbon nanotubes

The organization properties of a covalently-linked phthalocyanine–C60 fullerene conjugate which is able to self-organize by means of non-covalent interactions on the outer wall of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are reported.

Graphical abstract: Ordering phthalocyanine–C60 fullerene conjugates on individual carbon nanotubes
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Fullerene sugar balls

Sweet 60's: C60 hexakis-adducts bearing 12 peripheral carbohydrate moieties have been prepared by grafting sugar derivatives onto the C60 core through the copper mediated Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and alkynes.

Graphical abstract: Fullerene sugar balls
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Sequential copper catalyzed alkyneazide and thiolene click reactions for the multiple functionalization of fullerene hexaadducts

Click-click-click: a fullerene hexakis-adduct incorporating complementary reactive centres with very different and selective reactivity has been prepared and functionalized with three different peripheral groups by successive alkyne–azide and thiol–ene click reactions.

Graphical abstract: Sequential copper catalyzed alkyne–azide and thiol–ene click reactions for the multiple functionalization of fullerene hexaadducts
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Diameter dependent electron transfer in supramolecular nanohybrids of (6,5)- or (7,6)-enriched semiconducting SWCNT as donors and fullerene as acceptor

Diameter dependent photoinduced electron donor behavior of semiconducting SWCNT is verified by constructing nanohybrids with pyrene appended fullerene and subsequent photoelectrochemical/photocatalytic processes.

Graphical abstract: Diameter dependent electron transfer in supramolecular nanohybrids of (6,5)- or (7,6)-enriched semiconducting SWCNT as donors and fullerene as acceptor
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Flowerlike supramolecular architectures assembled from C60 equipped with a pyridine substituent

Fullerene (C60)-rich and photoconductive flowerlike supramolecular assembly was constructed from pyridine substituted C60 by a facile drop-casting method.

Graphical abstract: Flowerlike supramolecular architectures assembled from C60 equipped with a pyridine substituent
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Zn-porphyrin/Zn-phthalocyanine dendron for SWNT functionalisation

SWNT–porphyrin/phthalocyanine conjugates are described and fully characterised; their optical and electrochemical properties are investigated.

Graphical abstract: Zn-porphyrin/Zn-phthalocyanine dendron for SWNT functionalisation
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Dynamic HPLC study of C70 chlorination reveals a surprisingly selective synthesis of C70Cl8

A dynamic HPLC study of C70 chlorination led to the discovery, isolation, characterization, and development of the efficient preparatory procedures for two previously unknown soluble chlorofullerenes C70Cl8 and C70Cl6 and for insoluble [C70Cl8]2.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic HPLC study of C70 chlorination reveals a surprisingly selective synthesis of C70Cl8
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Self-organization of electron acceptor molecules on graphene

By means of scanning tunnelling microscopy we studied the molecular interaction of TCNQ and F4-TCNQ deposited on graphene grown on Ir(111).

Graphical abstract: Self-organization of electron acceptor molecules on graphene
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
Communication

Hydroxyalkylation of [60]fullerene: free radical addition of alcohols to C60

A new general reaction for the preparation of isomerically pure hydroxyalkylated C60 monoadducts, via the free radical photochemical addition of alcohols to [60]fullerene, is described.

Graphical abstract: Hydroxyalkylation of [60]fullerene: free radical addition of alcohols to C60
From the themed collection: Carbon nanostructures
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About this collection

This web-based themed issue showcases high quality papers in the field of nanotechnology, specifically research that deals with carbon nanostructures. The collated, invited, and peer-reviewed ChemComm articles highlight cutting edge contributions by international leaders in the field.

The guest editors of this web themed issue are Professors Nazario Martín, Dirk Guldi and Luis Echegoyen. They are delighted by the overwhelming response that the letter of invitation produced and they express their sincere thanks to the authors. The articles received and published cover a diverse range of contemporary topics in nanotechnology, including all the classes of carbon nanoforms and the use that mainly chemists have made to construct a huge number of modified structures which enhance their potential use for practical purposes. Furthermore, most of these carbon nanostructures require the chemical functionalization as a previous step to their use as materials for the preparation of devices. In this regard, the imagination of chemists is the only limit for the development of these unique carbon-based and unprecedented materials.

Articles in this web themed issue will be added to the list below as soon as possible, after they are published. Please return to this page frequently to see this collection grow.

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