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Enhanced Hydrogen Adsorptivity of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Bundles by One-Step C60-Pillaring Method

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posted on 2009-11-11, 00:00 authored by Miki Arai, Shigenori Utsumi, Mamiko Kanamaru, Koki Urita, Toshihiko Fujimori, Noriko Yoshizawa, Daisuke Noguchi, Katsuhiro Nishiyama, Yoshiyuki Hattori, Fujio Okino, Tomonori Ohba, Hideki Tanaka, Hirofumi Kanoh, Katsumi Kaneko
Single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) bundles were pillared by fullerene (C60) by the cosonication of C60 and SWCNT in toluene to utilize the interstitial pores for hydrogen storage. C60-pillared SWCNTs were confirmed by the shift in the X-ray diffraction peak and the expanded hexagonal and distorted tetragonal bundles revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The H2 adsorptivity of the C60-pillared SWCNT bundles was twice that of the original SWCNT bundles, indicating a design route for SWCNT hydrogen storage.