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Transmission electron microscopy investigation of fullerene nanowhiskers and needle-like precipitates formed by using C60 and (η2-C60)Pt(PPh3)2

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 March 2011

Kun'ichi Miyazawa*
Ecomaterials Center, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1, Namiki, Tsukuba, 305-0044, Japan
Tadatomo Suga
Department of Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656, Japan
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Nanowhiskers and needle-like precipitates obtained by the liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation method for the systems of isopropyl alcohol and toluene solutions of C60 and (η2-C60)Pt(PPh3)2 were examined by transmission electron microscopy. Morphology of the C60 precipitates was remarkably changed by the addition of (η2-C60)Pt(PPh3)2 in the C60 toluene solution, and capsular needle-like crystals of C60 were formed. C60 cages were found to be directly contacted along the growth axis of (η2-C60)Pt(PPh3)2 needle-like crystals.

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