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Dispersion and Solubilization of Carbon Nanotubes

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Abstract:

Carbon nanotubes are generally insoluble in any solvents, resulting in their poor processability for many proposed potential applications. Several strategies have been developed to introduce carbon nanotubes into solvent systems, including dispersion and suspension under special experimental conditions and the chemical modification and functionalization. The well-dispersed and solubilized carbon nanotubes make it possible to characterize and study the carbon nanotubes by using solution-based techniques, to realize some of the unique properties of the nanotubes, and to carry out further chemical transformations. In this review, recent development in the experimental methods for the dispersion and solubilization of carbon nanotubes will be summarized and discussed.

Keywords: CARBON NANOTUBE; DISPERSION; FUNCTIONALIZATION; SOLUBILIZATION

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2003.225

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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