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Confined growth of carbon nanoforms in one-dimension by fusion of anthracene rings inside the pores of MCM-41

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Abstract

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.

Graphical abstract: Confined growth of carbon nanoforms in one-dimension by fusion of anthracene rings inside the pores of MCM-41

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The article was received on 16 Dec 2013, accepted on 11 Jan 2014 and first published on 21 Jan 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR06669J
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Nanoscale, 2014,6, 7981-7990

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    Confined growth of carbon nanoforms in one-dimension by fusion of anthracene rings inside the pores of MCM-41

    C. Bosch-Navarro, E. Coronado, C. Martí-Gastaldo and P. Amorós, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 7981
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR06669J

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