Radially diblock nanotube: Site-selective functionalization of a tubularly assembled hexabenzocoronene

Justin Lee Mynar, Takuya Yamamoto, Atsuko Kosaka, Takanori Fukushima*, Noriyuki Ishii, Takuzo Aida

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    An amphiphilic Gemini-shaped hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (1) with azide functionalities self-assembles to form graphitic nanotubes whose interior and exterior surfaces can be post-functionalized by "click chemistry". A click reaction of the nanotubes with bulky macromolecules such as a dendronized alkyne (G2-alkyne) takes place site-selectively on the exterior surface of the nanotubes, leaving the azide functionalities on the interior surface mostly intact. A subsequent click reaction of the resulting nanotubes with alkynes having a much smaller steric bulk allows the remaining azide groups to be functionalized, affording radially diblock graphitic nanotubes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1530-1531
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Feb 6 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Catalysis
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Biochemistry
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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