Dispersion Study of Long and Aligned Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Water
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2007
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