Nanomachines & Nanomanipulation Nanotubes with encapsulated materials

The hollow interior core of nanotubes, both carbon and non-carbon (BN, WS2 etc.) provide the necessary space for the filling, encapsulation and confinement of molecules and crystals both organic and inorganic. In addition they provide templates for the formation of core-shell nanotubes. The reduced dimensionality of the encapsulated material as a consequence of “confinement” presents the advantage of different characteristics compared to that of the bulk material. The interaction between the encapsulated material and the host nanotube plays a crucial role and therefore can govern the structure and electronic properties of such a system.

We are investigating the local atomic structure of the filled nanotube by a combination of aberration corrected STEM/TEM imaging and spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the nature and structure of the filled material. 

These nanocomposites (NT@X) will be further explored for various properties and applications including medical imaging and diagnostics