Template Synthesis of Sc@C82(I) Nanowires and Nanotubes at Room Temperature


  • Financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant nos. 50225206, 90206045, 20025308, and 20177025), National 863 Project (2002AA302201), National Key Project on Basic Research (Grant G2000077501), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank Prof. P. V. Kamat at the University of Notre Dame for useful suggestions.


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Metallofullerene-based nanowire and nanotube arrays are fabricated for the first time using a technique that allows the diameter, length, and morphology of the non-crystalline Sc@C82 nanostructures to be controlled by adjusting the experimental conditions. The Figure shows the geometrical structure of Sc@C82.