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Nanodispersion of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using Dichloroethane

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Abstract:

In this paper we present a simple approach of nanodispersing single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in a non-polar 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) solvent. After filtration with isopropanol and acetone, the purified SWCNTs were immersed in DCE, followed by sonication for about 15 hours. The samples were further centrifuged at 17,000 revolutions per minute for about 3 hours. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) demonstrated that the spin-coated nanotubes were mostly individual nanotubes with an average diameter of 1.6 nm and a length of about 250 nm. We also found that the presence of water, and the dry process during DCE treatment, prevented nanotubes from being nanodispersed.

Keywords: AFM; DICHLOROETHANE; NANODISPERSION; SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2005.159

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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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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