We report that fluorine atoms on the outer tubes of double walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) are more effective for nucleating and growing CdSe nanoparticles than oxygen-containing functional groups. The CdSe particles with an average size of 5-7 nm grow through infiltration into an interstitial space created by four to five thin bundled DWNTs. We envisage that DWNTs will replace single and multiwalled carbon nanotubes in a wide range of applications because chemical moieties could be introduced selectively on the outer tubes while the optical and physical properties of the inner tubes remain almost unchanged.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)