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Nanodiamond-Assisted Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes and Hybrid Nanocarbon-Based Composites

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Nanodiamond particles were used to disperse carbon nanotubes (CNTs), allowing the formation of their stable colloidal suspensions. Both multiwalled carbon nanotubes and single walled carbon nanotubes could be suspended in deionized water using either detonation nanodiamonds or high pressure, high temperature nanodiamonds. Negatively charged nanodiamonds were found to suspend carbon nanotubes in deionized water more favorably as compared to positively charged particles, possibly caused by electrostatic interactions. Robust, all-carbon films made from nanodiamond-nanotubes mixtures were prepared with multiwalled nanotubes and were found to be most stable for high pressure high temperature nanodiamonds and least stable for positively charged detonation nanodiamonds. Finally, chemical conjugation of nanodiamonds with carbon nanotubes is considered for advanced applications.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal consolidating nanoscale research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine into a single and unique reference source. NNL provides the means for scientists, engineers, medical experts and technocrats to publish original short research articles as communications/letters of important new scientific and technological findings, encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
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