Synthesis of new nanocarbon materials
Nambo, Masakazu Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
Itami, Kenichiro Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
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Nanocarbons, such as fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, are nanometer-scale substances made entirely of carbon atoms. These molecules have attracted the interest of scientists because of their unique structures in addition to their particular chemical and physical properties. They constitute a new form of carbon-based materials, like the better-known graphite and diamond. Ever since their discovery, nanocarbons have emerged as promising materials in a growing list of applications, including field-emission displays, radiation sources, solar cells, and hydrogen storage media. In addition to industrial applications, nanocarbons have also been shown to be promising candidates in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. For example, fullerene has been found to selectively recognize and attack cancer cells, making it an effective agent to fight against this disease. To meet the demands of these applications, chemists need to develop the tools and techniques to efficiently synthesize tailored nanocarbons.
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