Science China Chemistry

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 802–807 | Cite as

Tuning periodicity of polymer-decorated carbon nanotubes

  • WenDa Wang
  • Eric D. Laird
  • Bing Li
  • LingYu Li
  • Christopher Y. Li
Articles Special Issue · In Honor of the 80th Birthday of Professor WANG Fosong

Abstract

Carbon nanotube (CNT) is one of the most extensively investigated nanomaterials. Patterning soft matter such as liquid crystals and polymers on CNTs could potentially enable various applications for CNTs. We have demonstrated that controlled polymer crystallization using CNTs as the 1D nucleation sites can lead to periodically functionalized CNTs. Here we show that selected crystalline block copolymers can be periodically decorated along CNTs. This facile technique opens a gateway to periodic patterning on 1-D nanomaterials.

Keywords

polymer crystallization carbon nanotube block copolymers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • WenDa Wang
    • 1
  • Eric D. Laird
    • 1
  • Bing Li
    • 1
  • LingYu Li
    • 1
  • Christopher Y. Li
    • 1
  1. 1.A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Department of Materials Science and EngineeringDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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