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Fullerenic structures and such structures tethered to carbon materials

United States Patent

January 5, 2010
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The fullerenic structures include fullerenes having molecular weights less than that of C.sub.60 with the exception of C.sub.36 and fullerenes having molecular weights greater than C.sub.60. Examples include fullerenes C.sub.50, C.sub.58, C.sub.130, and C.sub.176. Fullerenic structure chemically bonded to a carbon surface is also disclosed along with a method for tethering fullerenes to a carbon material. The method includes adding functionalized fullerene to a liquid suspension containing carbon material, drying the suspension to produce a powder, and heat treating the powder.
Goel; Anish (Washington, DC), Howard; Jack B. (Winchester, MA), Vander Sande; John B. (Newbury, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
10/ 675,140
September 30, 2003
The government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Dept. of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-85ER45179 and Grant No. DE-FG-0284ER13282.