Confined growth of carbon nanoforms in one-dimension by fusion of anthracene rings inside the pores of MCM-41†
We report a simple two-step procedure that uses anthracene, a cheap polyaromatic hydrocarbon with low melting point, as a molecular precursor to produce carbon nanoforms (CNFs). First, we describe the chemical synthesis of graphite from the fusion of anthracene rings at relatively low temperature (520 °C) followed by cyclodehydrogenation. Next, we extend this protocol to the synthesis of CNFs by confining the molecular precursor in a mesoporous host like MCM-41. The confined environment favors one-dimensional growth of CNFs with sizes controlled by the pores of the mesoporous host.