Single-walled carbon nanotubes as a template for coronene stack formation

Alexander I. Chernov, Pavel V. Fedotov, Ilya V. Anoshkin, Albert G. Nasibulin, Esko I. Kauppinen, Vladimir L. Kuznetsov, Elena D. Obraztsova

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    Single-walled carbon nanotubes can serve as a template for formation of various structures inside. Depending on conditions, the nanotube filling with coronene molecules may lead to creation of coronene stacks, graphene nanoribbons, or inner tubes. In this work, the formation of coronene stacks inside single-walled carbon nanotubes was studied using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. We demonstrate the difference in the excitation PL maps between the spectral features of coronene stacks inside the nanotubes and products formed outside the nanotube interior. The optical investigation was supported by calculations of adsorption energy of coronene molecules inside and outside nanotubes. The theoretical calculations predict the most energetically favorable configurations of coronene molecules with respect to the diameter of the outer nanotubes. Orientation of coronene stacks depends on the nanotube diameter. Models of ten coronene molecules placed inside (10,10) and (11,11) nanotubes (upper and lower image part, respectively).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2372-2377
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


    • Columns
    • Coronene stacks
    • Nanoreactor
    • Single-walled carbon nanotubes


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