285243 Stable Sequestration of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Self-Assembled Aqueous Nanopores

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 5:15 PM
311 (Convention Center )
Meagan Mauter1, Menachem Elimelech2 and Chinedum Osuji2, (1)Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, (2)Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Many properties of anisotropic nanomaterials are contingent upon the nanomaterial's orientation, isolation, and stabilization in surrounding media. In this work we demonstrate the ability to stably sequester and align individual single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) within self-contained nanometer-scale aqueous volumes arrayed in an organic continuum. Large areal densities of 4 × 109 cm-2 are readily achieved. SWNTs are incorporated into a surfactant mesophase which forms 2.3 nm diameter water channels by lyotropic self-assembly. Near-infrared fluorescence spectroscopy demonstrates that the SWNTs exist as well dispersed tubes that are stable over several months and through multiple cycles of heating and cooling. Absence of physical distortion of the mesophase suggests that the SWNTs are stabilized by adsorbed surfactants that do not extend considerably from the surface. Our findings have important implications for templated assembly of carbon nanotubes using soft mesophases and the development of functional nanocomposites, such as the development of nanotube-based systems often envisioned for size- and chemo-selective transport.

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2012134 (9), pp 3950–3953, DOI: 10.1021/ja209847u

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