In this report, we presented a novel and simple extraction method, namely Hydrothermally Initiated Dynamic Extraction (HIDE) method, which allows the extraction of exotic fullerenes remaining in the fullerene soot. In the HIDE method, the soot was treated in boiling water that neither dissolved fullerenes nor produced minimal by-products but untangles the fullerenes from the soot, prior to the extraction by organic solvent. As a result, the HIDE method allowed the extraction of exotic fullerenes, such as dimeric fullerene oxides, higher fullerenes having a low symmetry and oxidized higher fullerenes. Accordingly, the single walled nanotubes (SWNTs) with a purity of 99% by wt. was achieved for the first time with the application of the HIDE method.
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