The science of dispersing carbon nanotubes with surfactants.

Panagiotis Angelikopoulos, Henry Bock

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Self-assembled structures adsorbed on carbon nanotubes and other nanofibres offer a plethora of opportunities to endow them with new functions and to integrate them into devices and materials. At the same time they are key to solve the greatest problem in carbon nanotube utilisation—debundling and individualisation. Success will inevitably require an understanding of the underlying structure–function relationship of the adsorbed surfactant layer. Computer simulations are ideally suited to develop this understanding as they enable us to study the structure–function relationship in great detail. Combining the results from mesoscale and atomistic simulations we begin to develop this understanding and derive a number of recommendations for optimal dispersion design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9546-9557
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number27
Early online date22 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2012


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