On demand synthesis of hollow fullerene nanostructures

Fei Han, Ruoxu Wang, Yuhua Feng, Shaoyan Wang, Lingmei Liu, Xinghua Li, Yu Han, Hongyu Chen

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Hollow nanostructures are widely used in chemistry, materials, bioscience, and medicine, but their fabrication remains a great challenge. In particular, there is no effective strategy for their assembly and interconnection. We bring pottery, the oldest and simplest method of fabricating hollow containers, into the nanoscale. By exploiting the liquid nature of the xylene template, fullerene hollow nanostructures of tailored shapes, such as bowls, bottles, and cucurbits, are readily synthesized. The liquid templates permit stepwise and versatile manipulation and hence, modular assembly of nodes and junctions leads to interconnected hollow systems. As a proof-of-concept, we create multi-compartment nano-containers, with different nanoparticles isolated in the separate pockets. This methodology expands the synthetic freedom for hollow nanostructures, building a bridge from isolated hollow units to interconnected hollow systems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 4 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We would like to acknowledge funding support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21673117), recruitment Program of Global Experts, Jiangsu Provincial Foundation for Specially Appointed Professor, start-up fund of Nanjing Tech University (39837102, 39837140), and SICAM Fellowship from Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials. Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1: RG9.12, RG10/16, RG111/15, Singapore. A*Star Science and Engineering Research Council – Public Sector Funding (PSF): 1421200075, Singapore and the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) program.


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