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Dispersion Study of Long and Aligned Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Water

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Abstract:

Dispersion of nanotubes is a crucial step for many applications. The properties of the final nanotube-based material are strongly dependent on the quality of nanotube suspensions. In this study, long and aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes obtained by catalytic chemical vapour deposition were dispersed in water with different dispersing agents using high intensity ultrasounds. Among different additives, we selected sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as dispersing agent to prepare suspensions of nanotubes. UV-Visible spectrometry method was used to measure the influence of dispersion parameters (power and duration of sonication) on dispersion state and suspension stability. Therefore, we demonstrated that, even if high intensity ultra-sounds are breaking nanotubes, it is possible to obtain stable water-based suspensions containing MWNTs which exhibit length up to 20 m.

Keywords: ALIGNMENT; CHARACTERIZATION; MULTI-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2007.834

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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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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