It was found that Sc2@C84 or Sc2O 3 could be "kicked" into the cavities of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by reactor neutrons. Neutron irradiation also efficiently induces coalescing reactions between two fullerene cages with an atom-spacer, forming a C2m =C=C2n type of carbon nanomaterials. This process provides a new subject of studying interactions (and their consequences) of neutrons with nanoparticles, which may put new insights for neutron sciences.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis