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This is an abstract for a talk to be given at the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
Much of the technological promise of carbon nanotubes derives from the
very high degree of perfection of the single-wall nanotubes that are the
subject of this symposium. In fact, to distinguish them from their more
defective multiwalled cousins, we have begun to call single-wall
nanotubes fullerene nanotubes, as a reminder of their definite
structure, which is that of a fullerene (with opened or closed ends).
The definiteness of their structure demands that these fullerene
nanotubes be treated as the macromolecules they aresuper-polymers of
pure carbon, and further offers the possibility of deriving short
lengthsfullerene capsuleswhich would rightly be considered
molecules, each one precisely resembling the others. Obtaining
fullerene capsules requires developing methods for purifying, cutting,
and sorting by size and type raw fullerene nanotube material. Progress
toward these goals will be presented and discussed in this seminar.
Leah Benard-Boggs, Assistant to Dr. R.E. Smalley
Telephone: (713)527-4845 or (713)527-8750 x3250
Fax Number: (713)285-5320
Rice University, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
6100 Main Street, MS-100, Houston, TX 77005-1892
RES Website: http://cnst.rice.edu/reshome.html
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