Efficient dispersion of "super-growth" single-walled carbon nanotubes using a copolymer of naphathalene diimide and poly(dimethylsiloxane)

Liu Hong, Yusaku Takagaki, Hitoshi Yoshikawa, Naotoshi Nakashima

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Abstract

The dispersion of carbon nanotubes is a key issue for maximizing their performance in many applications. Here we describe the design and synthesis of an efficient dispersant for the so-called "super-growth" single-walled carbon nanotubes (SG-SWNTs) to provide a stable and homogeneous dispersion in typical organic solvents simply by sonication. The synthesized dispersant is a copolymer composed of a naphthalene diimide and poly(dimethylsiloxane), and the dispersions were characterized using visible absorption, Raman, AFM, and TGA measurements as well as molecular-mechanics simulations. It was found that the copolymer efficiently dissolves the SGSWNTs in many solvents including methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and toluene that are widely-used solvents in polymer/resin-related industrial areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Volume89
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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  • Chemistry(all)

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