Stabilization of Individual Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Solutions

Rajdip Bandyopadhyaya, Einat Nativ-Roth, Oren Regev, Rachel Yerushalmi-Rozen

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Abstract

Single-wall carbon nanotubes pack into crystalline ropes that aggregate into tangled networks due to strong van der Waals attraction. Aggregation acts as an obstacle to most applications, and diminishes the special properties of the individual tubes. We describe a simple procedure for dispersing as-produced nanotubes powder in aqueous solutions of Gum Arabic. In a single step, a stable dispersion of full-length, well separated, individual tubes is formed, apparently due to physical adsorption of the polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalNano Letters
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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