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Keywords:

  • alkynes;
  • carbon;
  • macrocycles;
  • nanotubes;
  • polyarenes
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Carbon nanotubes by design? Cyclo-para-phenylenes are monomers for the synthesis of armchair carbon nanotubes (see picture, right), and are also attractive fluorophores that display size-dependent emission properties. Geodesic polyarenes represent a realistic alternative for the rational design of carbon nanotubes through the chemical elongation of the hydrocarbon template (left).