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Carbon nanotube–nanocrystal heterostructures

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The importance of generating carbon nanotubenanoparticle heterostructures is that these composites ought to take advantage of and combine the unique physical and chemical properties of both carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles in one discrete structure. These materials have potential applicability in a range of diverse fields spanning heterogeneous catalysis to optoelectronic device development, of importance to chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers. In this critical review, we present a host of diverse, complementary strategies for the reliable synthesis of carbon nanotubenanoparticle heterostructures using both covalent as well as non-covalent protocols, incorporating not only single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes but also diverse classes of metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles (221 references).

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30 Jul 2008
First published
13 Feb 2009

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38, 1076-1098
Article type
Critical Review

Carbon nanotubenanocrystal heterostructures

X. Peng, J. Chen, J. A. Misewich and S. S. Wong, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 1076
DOI: 10.1039/B811424M

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