Conformational–Induced Doping Effect of Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate on Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes
The doping behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) was investigated with an emphasis on the control of the conformation of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (NaDDBS) with sulfonate groups acting as an electro-withdrawing group. The conformation of adsorbed NaDDBS on SWCNTs was controlled as a function of the amount of NaDDBS. The doping behavior of SWCNTs was significantly affected by the dosing amount of NaDDBS due to the conformational change of NaDDBS adsorbed on the SWCNT surface, which affected the spatial distance between the SWCNT surface and the sulfonate groups in NaDDBS. At a higher concentration, the spatial distance between the sulfonate group in NaDDBS and SWCNT was not sufficiently close enough to dope SWCNT due to the repulsive forces between the sulfonate groups in NaDDBS. Alternatively, at a lower concentration, NaDDBS acted as a p-type dopant for SWCNTs. To this end, this paper demonstrates a new tendency of doping that is related to the adsorbed behavior of a dispersant.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-02-01
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