Encapsulation of Conjugated Oligomers in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Towards Nanohybrids for Photonic Devices (pages 1635–1639)
Maria Antonietta Loi, Jia Gao, Fabrizio Cordella, Pascal Blondeau, Enzo Menna, Barbora Bártová, Cécile Hébert, Sorin Lazar, Gianluigi A. Botton, Matus Milko and Claudia Ambrosch-Draxl
Article first published online: 14 JAN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903527
Visible-light emitting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)/organic hybrids have been successfully synthesized and promise to be a photon source to be used in future optoelectronic devices. The nanohybrids are “peapods” having sexithiophene molecules inside the hollow space of SWNTs. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and optical probes show evidence of the encapsulation while density functional theory calculations confirm the experimental findings and provide deeper insight into stability and electronic properties of these systems.