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April 14, 2017
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At Last: Beautiful, consistent carbon belts

Synthesis of a carbon nanobelt with potential applications in nanotechnology

Chemists have tried to synthesize carbon nanobelts for more than 60 years, but none have succeeded until now. A team at Nagoya University reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt in Science. Carbon nanobelts are expected to serve as a useful template for building carbon nanotubes and open a new field of nanocarbon science.

Program Information

JST ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project

Journal Information

Guillaume Povie, Yasutomo Segawa, Taishi Nishihara, Yuhei Miyauchi and Kenichiro Itami, “Synthesis of a carbon nanobelt”. Science, Published online 14 April 2017, doi: 10.1126/science.aam8158.


[About Research]
Kenichiro Itami, Ph.D.
Research Director, ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project
Director, Institute of Transformative Bio-molecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University

[About Program]
Takeshi Ohyama
Department of Research Project , JST


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