Functional organic nanotubes from hollow helical scaffolds

Anzar Khan, Stefan Hecht

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A conceptually new approach to organic nanotubes has been developed that in principle allows for control over the tube's dimensions as well as location of interior and exterior surface functionalities. Our approach is based on the folding of a suitable polymer backbone into a defined hollow helical conformation followed by intramolecular crosslinking to lock the tubular structure. Subsequent postfunctionalization should give access to modularly functionalized tubular nanoobjects with potential application in molecular scale devices and smart materials. Here, we describe the initial proof of principle for our concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 7
Externally publishedYes
EventSupramolecular Approaches to Organic Electronics and Nanotechn. - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 2004 May 242004 May 28


  • Helical scaffold
  • Postfunctionalization
  • Tubular nanoobjects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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