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Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

SWCNTs

Caption: On a platinum surface, the planar hydrocarbon precursor folds into an end cap, that in turn acts as seed for the growth of a well-defined carbon nanotube. The image below shows scanning tunneling microscopy images of the precursor, the «folded» end cap, and the resulting carbon nanotube, together with the corresponding structural models.

Credit: (Source: Empa / Juan Ramon Sanchez Valencia)

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