The last remaining synthetic target of finite single-wall carbon nanotube models, the zigzag nanotube, has been accomplished through bottom-up chemical synthesis. The zigzag nanotube was synthetically accessible without constructing long-sought yet elusive cyclacene structures but with a cycloarylene structure by devising its cutout positions. The persistent tubular shape was also perfected in this last model by cyclization of zigzag-shaped aromatic molecules with a synchronous topological arrangement. The crystal structure of this nanotube further revealed an entangled supramolecular assembly, which showed a novel way to align nanotube molecules by utilizing their open-end functional groups in a thread-in-bead molecular assembly.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry