Crosslinking in C60 and Derivatisation

The treatment of fullerene films on silicon substrates with 1,8-octanediamine vapor at ca. 120°C produces insoluble polymeric films. They are similar in stability to photopolymerised C60 films for potential photovoltaic and Nanocell applications, but the undesirable formation of other carbonaceous phases can be avoided. The solvent-free (gas-phase) treatment with amines under temperatures of ca. 150°C is a simple one-step method of derivatisation of oxidised and pristine carbon nanotubes. It can be useful for the solubilisation/dispersion of CNTs, the synthesis of chemical linkers for other compound immobilisation on the nanotubes, the fabrication of AFM cantilevers and other nano applications.

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