Journal of Materials Research


Structural characterization of the fullerene nanotubes prepared by the liquid–liquid interfacial precipitation method

Kun'ichi Miyazawaa1, Jun-ichi Minatoa1, Tetsuro Yoshiia2, Masahisa Fujinoa3 and Tadatomo Sugaa3

a1 Ecomaterials Center, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan

a2 Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., Tokyo 105-8552, Japan

a3 Department of Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan


Fine tubular fibers composed of C60 and C70 fullerene molecules were successfully fabricated by the liquid–liquid interfacial precipitation method. The walls of the tubular fibers were crystalline, and the fullerene molecules were densely packed along the growth axis of tube wall. The tubular structures are called “fullerene nanotubes.” The inner diameter and the outer diameter of C70 tubes showed a linear relationship, suggesting a constant wall thickness of the tubes. The tubular structures composed of C70 molecules could be formed when their diameter was larger than about 240 nm. The fullerene tubes were successfully fabricated by using a C60-C70 soot as well. The formation of fullerene nanotubes can be understood by assuming a mechanism of core dissolution of the solvated fullerene nanowhiskers.

(Received September 09 2004)

(Accepted December 10 2004)

(Online publication March 2005)

Key Words:

  • Fullerene;
  • Microstructure;
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)