Journal Article Molecular interactions on single-walled carbon nanotubes revealed by high-resolution transmission microscopy.

Umeyama, Tomokazu  ,  Baek, Jinseok  ,  Sato, Yuta  ,  Suenaga, Kazu  ,  Abou-Chahine, Fawzi  ,  Tkachenko, Nikolai V  ,  Lemmetyinen, Helge  ,  Imahori, Hiroshi

分子間相互作用を可視化して評価する手法を開発 -さまざまな有機エレクトロニクスデバイスの性能の向上に期待-. 京都大学プレスリリース. 2015-07-16.
The close solid-state structure-property relationships of organic π-aromatic molecules have attracted interest due to their implications for the design of organic functional materials. In particular, a dimeric structure, that is, a unit consisting of two molecules, is required for precisely evaluating intermolecular interactions. Here, we show that the sidewall of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) represents a unique molecular dimer platform that can be directly visualized using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Pyrene is chosen as the π-aromatic molecule; its dimer is covalently linked to the SWNT sidewalls by aryl addition. Reflecting the orientation and separation of the two molecules, the pyrene dimer on the SWNT exhibits characteristic optical and photophysical properties. The methodology discussed here-form and probe molecular dimers-is highly promising for the creation of unique models and provides indispensable and fundamental information regarding molecular interactions.

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