Fullerene-Related Nanocarbons and Their Applications
Junfeng Geng, Kun'ichi Miyazawa, Zheng Hu, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Angel Berenguer-Murcia
Journal of Nanotechnology
The discovery of fullerene (C60) in 1985 spurred on the subsequent discoveries of a number of fullerene-relatednovel carbons at the nanometre scale. These nanocarbons are related to one another in structure, providing aninteresting spectrum of variants which display an array of unique properties. From the vast amount of researchthat has been conducted over the last two decades, it is now apparent that these nanomaterials, notably, carbonnanotubes, carbon-based nanoparticles, graphene, fullerene and fullerene derivatives promise very distinct applicationsand will add great value to industries. It is thus expected that the studies on these nanocarbons and related technologieswill have huge impacts on future nanotechnology and will significantly contribute to our economy and society.