Non-covalent polymer wrapping of carbon nanotubes and the role of wrapped polymers as functional dispersants

Tsuyohiko Fujigaya, Naotoshi Nakashima

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Abstract

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been recognized as a promising material in a wide range of applications from biotechnology to energy-related devices. However, the poor solubility in aqueous and organic solvents hindered the applications of CNTs. As studies have progressed, the methodology for CNT dispersion was established. In this methodology, the key issue is to covalently or non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of the CNTs with a dispersant. Among the various types of dispersions, polymer wrapping through non-covalent interactions is attractive in terms of the stability and homogeneity of the functionalization. Recently, by taking advantage of their stability, the wrapped-polymers have been utilized to support and/or reinforce the unique functionality of the CNTs, leading to the development of high-performance devices. In this review, various polymer wrapping approaches, together with the applications of the polymer-wrapped CNTs, are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024802
JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

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