The discovery of phosphorene, has sparked a renewed interest in the highly diverse chemistry and complex structures of this important main group element. This collaboration work demonstrated experimentally white phosphorus can be filled into single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) from the liquid and thereby stabilized against the highly exothermic reaction with atmospheric oxygen.
In addition to the experimental approaches, the possible chain structures arising in SWCNTs with different diameters are evaluated using density functional theory (DFT), combined with AIRSS (ab initio random structure search). The theory shows excellent agreement with the experiment observations.
This work has been highlighted in Chemistry World!