A synthetic route toward well-defined stoichiometric silica fullerene and nanotubes based on metastable four-membered rings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8992-8997
Journal / PublicationJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2006


On the basis of computational considerations, using metastable four-membered rings as building blocks, we propose novel synthetic routes toward well-defined stoichiometric silica nanofullerenes and nanotubes. The viability of the routes has been demonstrated by performing high-level density functional calculations, and the so-formed nanoarchitectures were proved to be energetically and structurally stable. Such nanostructures, if synthesized, are expected to have potential application in nanotechnology. © 2006 American Chemical Society.