The ubiquitous starch-iodine complex can be used to organize hydrophobic fullerene C-60 in water into nano-whiskers shrouded by the biopolymer, and are approximately 5-8 nm in cross section, and 250-350 nm in length, as a hierarchical self assembly process. The preformed starch-iodine complex reacts with solid pristine C-60 affording nano-whiskers with iodine surrounding the fullerene array, the iodine then being removed on treatment with ascorbic acid. The hydrophobic surface of the nano-whiskers of C-60 can be coated with silver metal in a controlled way using 'soft energy' spinning disc processing.
|Journal||Lab on a Chip|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|