Generic approach for dispersing single-walled carbon nanotubes: The strength of a weak interaction

Rina Shvartzman-Cohen, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Einat Nativ-Roth, Rachel Yerushalmi-Rozen*

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Abstract

A generic noncovalent approach for dispersing high concentrations of individual single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) in organic as well as aqueous solutions of synthetic block copolymers is presented. It is suggested that a weak, long-ranged entropic repulsion among polymer-decorated tubes acts as a barrier that prevents the tubes from approaching the attractive part of the intertube potential. The method opens a new route for utilization of block copolymers as compatibilizers for SWNT, improving the incorporation of de-agglomerated SWNT into target polymeric matrixes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6085-6088
Number of pages4
JournalLangmuir
Volume20
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

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