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Characterization of Chiral Carbonaceous Nanotubes Prepared from Four Coiled Tubular 4,4-biphenylene-silica Nanoribbons

Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Polymer Design and Application, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, P. R. China

Four dipeptides derived from phenylalanine were synthesized, which can self-assemble into twisted nanoribbon in deionized water. The handedness of the organic self-assemblies was controlled by the chirality of the phenylalanine at the terminals. Coiled 4,4'-biphenylene bridged polybissilsesquioxane tubular nanoribbons were prepared using the organic self-assemblies as the templates. The circular dichroism spectra indicated that the biphenylene rings preferred to twist in one-handedness within the walls of the samples. After carbonization and removal of silica, single-handed coiled carbonaceous tubular nanoribbons were obtained. The Raman spectra indicated that the carbon was amorphous. The diffuse reflectance circular dichroism spectra indicated the tubular carbonaceous nanoribbons exhibited optical activity.
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Keywords Self-assembly; Chirality; Nanostructures; Sol-gel growth; Carbonaceous materials

Citation: Shuwei Lin, Yitai Fu, Yunsen Sang, Yi Li, Baozong Li, Yonggang Yang. Characterization of Chiral Carbonaceous Nanotubes Prepared from Four Coiled Tubular 4,4-biphenylene-silica Nanoribbons. AIMS Materials Science, 2014, 1(1): 1-10. doi: 10.3934/matersci.2013.1.1


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