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Modification strategies for improving the solubility/dispersion of carbon nanotubes

Naqvi, Syed Tayyab Raza, Rasheed, Tahir, Hussain, Dilshad, Najam ul Haq, Muhammad, Majeed, Saadat, shafi, Sameera, Ahmed, Nisar and Nawaz, Rahat 2020. Modification strategies for improving the solubility/dispersion of carbon nanotubes. Journal of Molecular Liquids 297 , 111919. 10.1016/j.molliq.2019.111919

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Abstract

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an important part of diverse carbon family. CNTs, either single walled or multi walled are used in different applications due to their versatile attributes like the unique structure which is crucial for its specific properties. Its high surface area, easier surface modifications and hollow tubular structure impart versatility in terms of properties and applications. Applications of CNTs are often hindered by its limited dispersibility and solubility in different solvents. Variety of modification methods have been employed to improve the solubility and dispersibility of CNTs. These modifications impart special characteristics to nanotube structure, apart from improved dispersibility. This review presents a comprehensive overview of the methods in improving the dispersibility and solubility of CNTs, maximizing their application in diverse fields. Furthermore, conditions and applicability of each modification method is discussed and its effect on dispersion/solubility of CNTs is also evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0167-7322
Date of Acceptance: 12 October 2019
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 15:45
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/138939

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