Precise Dimerization of Hollow Fullerene Compartments

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Author(s)

  • Fei Han
  • Ruoxu Wang
  • Bo Chen
  • Yuhua Feng
  • Huanzhi Liu
  • Shaoyan Wang
  • Dongmeng Su
  • Hongyu Chen

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15396-15402
Journal / PublicationJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume142
Issue number36
Online published17 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2020

Abstract

Controlled docking, merging, and welding of hollow structures at the nanoscale are essential in constructing sophisticated hollow systems in ways similar to plumbing and biosystems. To this end, regioselectivity is an important milestone demanding new tools. We bring the steric effect, a powerful regioselective method in organic reactions, to the nanoscale. By tuning the exposed liquid area of Janus nanobowls, the sterics of the merging m-xylene liquid template can be precisely modulated, giving high-purity dimers (93.6%) and tetramers (80.6%) in one step. The shape uniformity of the nanobowls, the precise percentage of the exposed liquid, and, most importantly, the error correction in merging liquid domains are the critical factors leading to the precise regioselectivity. We believe that the development of a new regioselective tool and the understanding in docking and welding hollow structures would expand the horizon of nanoscience, opening new possibilities for designing sophisticated nanosystems.

Citation Format(s)

Precise Dimerization of Hollow Fullerene Compartments. / Han, Fei; Wang, Ruoxu; Chen, Bo; Feng, Yuhua; Liu, Huanzhi; Wang, Shaoyan; Su, Dongmeng; Zhang, Hua; Chen, Hongyu.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 142, No. 36, 09.09.2020, p. 15396-15402.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review