Spectroscopic characterization of nanohybrids consisting of single-walled carbon nanotubes and fullerodendron

Hironori Suzuki, Yoko Iizumi, Masayoshi Tange, Soon Kil Joung, Akihiro Furube, Takaaki Wada, Tomoyuki Tajima, Yutaka Takaguchi, Toshiya Okazaki

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Abstract

Hydrogen gas, which can be used in fuel cells to generate electricity, is considered the ultimate clean energy source. Recently, it was reported that a photo-induced electron transfer system consisting of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and fullerodendrons shows photo-catalytic activity with a very high quantum yield for splitting water under visible light irradiation. However, the mechanism of high efficiency hydrogen generation is not yet clearly understood. We report here the spectroscopic characterizations of the SWCNT-fullerodendron composites. The results indicate two important fundamental properties of the composite system. First, fullerodendrons preferentially interact with the semiconducting SWCNTs instead of with their metallic counterparts. Second, the photo-induced electron transfer process from the C60 moiety of fullerodendrons to SWCNTs occurs more efficiently with an increasing tube diameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalFullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures
Volume22
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCN)
carbon nanotubes
Hydrogen
electron transfer
clean energy
water splitting
composite materials
Electrons
Quantum yield
energy sources
hydrogen
electricity
fuel cells
catalytic activity
Large scale systems
Fuel cells
Catalyst activity
Electricity
Gases
Irradiation

Keywords

  • Carbon nanotube
  • dendrimer
  • fullerene
  • optical spectroscopy
  • supramolecule

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Spectroscopic characterization of nanohybrids consisting of single-walled carbon nanotubes and fullerodendron. / Suzuki, Hironori; Iizumi, Yoko; Tange, Masayoshi; Joung, Soon Kil; Furube, Akihiro; Wada, Takaaki; Tajima, Tomoyuki; Takaguchi, Yutaka; Okazaki, Toshiya.

In: Fullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, Vol. 22, No. 1-3, 01.01.2014, p. 75-87.

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Suzuki, Hironori ; Iizumi, Yoko ; Tange, Masayoshi ; Joung, Soon Kil ; Furube, Akihiro ; Wada, Takaaki ; Tajima, Tomoyuki ; Takaguchi, Yutaka ; Okazaki, Toshiya. / Spectroscopic characterization of nanohybrids consisting of single-walled carbon nanotubes and fullerodendron. In: Fullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures. 2014 ; Vol. 22, No. 1-3. pp. 75-87.
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