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Molecular bearings of finite carbon nanotubes and fullerenes in ensemble rolling motion

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A carbonaceous bearing of a minimal form has been assembled using a finite carbon nanotube molecule and a functionalised fullerene molecule. With the van der Waals attraction, the bearing holds the fullerene journal tightly to prevent its run-out motion, and the journal with a shaft rolls anisotropically in the bearing despite the tight holding constraint. Ensemble motion has been revealed spectroscopically at the molar quantity level.

Graphical abstract: Molecular bearings of finite carbon nanotubes and fullerenes in ensemble rolling motion

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Submitted
08 Dec 2012
Accepted
08 Jan 2013
First published
09 Jan 2013

Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 1293-1297
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Molecular bearings of finite carbon nanotubes and fullerenes in ensemble rolling motion

H. Isobe, S. Hitosugi, T. Yamasaki and R. Iizuka, Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 1293
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC22181D

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