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    • Keywords


      Carbon nanotubes; nanostructures; microscopy; microwave; solubility of SWNTs.

    • Abstract


      We describe here an efficient phase transfer of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) from aqueous to non-aqueous media using a unique amide functionalization route, where water soluble SWNTs (2.6 mg/mL) are effectively transferred to solvents like chloroform, toluene and CS2. A maximum of 30 wt% of oxygenated groups have been generated on the side walls by rapid microwave treatment, leading to a solubility of more than 2.6 mg/mL in water. Approximate surface amine coverage of 50% has been accomplished after oxalyl chloride treatment as inferred from thermogravimetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy by controlling several key parameters associated with the extent of functionalization including purity of the sample, temperature and time.

    • Author Affiliations


      Bhalchandra Kakade1 Sanjay Patil1 Bhaskar Sathe1 Suresh Gokhale1 Vijayamohanan Pillai1

      1. Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411 008
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  • Journal of Chemical Sciences | News

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