Novel nanoscale gas containers: Encapsulation of N2 in CN(x) nanotubes

M. Terrones, R. Kamalakaran, T. Seeger, M. Ruhle

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Gaseous N2 has been efficiently introduced in the hollow cavities of aligned CN(x) nanotubes (15-80 nm od) by pyrolysing a jet (spray) solution of Fe(C5H5)2 and PhCH2NH2 in an Ar atmosphere at 850 °C; the aligned material consist of large arrays (2.5 cm2) of CN(x) (x < 0.05) 'bamboo-like' nanotubes (< 100 μm in length); high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) line-scans and elemental mapping studies reveal that N gas was encapsulated within the hollow compartments of the CN(x) nanotubes; these results demonstrate for the first time, that CN(x) nanotubes can be used to fabricate gas storage components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2335-2336
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 7 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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