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Frontispiece: Putting Rings around Carbon Nanotubes

Frontispiece: Putting Rings around Carbon Nanotubes
Emilio M. Pérez
MINT explorers salute! The synthesis of rotaxane-type mechanically interlocked derivatives of single walled carbon nanotubes (MINTs) is achieved using a templated macrocyclization approach. MINTs combine the advantages of covalent (stability) and noncovalent (structural integrity) derivatives of SWNTs. Characterizing MINTs is harder than making them and requires a combination of spectroscopic, analytical and microscopic techniques. MINTs might find application as polymer fillers, sensors, catalysts…and molecular machines! The MINT ship has nearly just sailed, but we are already finding fascinating new seas and ports. For more information see the Concept article by E. M. Pérez on page 12681 ff. The artwork was created by M. Eugenio Vázquez (CIQUS, Santiago de Compostela).

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201785261

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