Nano Research

, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp 2478–2486 | Cite as

Highly selective sorting of semiconducting single wall carbon nanotubes exhibiting light emission at telecom wavelengths

  • Francesco Sarti
  • Francesco Biccari
  • Federica Fioravanti
  • Ughetta Torrini
  • Anna Vinattieri
  • Vincent Derycke
  • Massimo Gurioli
  • Arianna FiloramoEmail author
Research Article


Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are known for their exceptional electronic properties. However, most of the synthesis methods lead to the production of a mixture of carbon nanotubes having different chiralities associated with metallic (m-SWNTs) and semiconducting (s-SWNTs) characteristics. For application purposes, effective methods for separating these species are highly desired. Here, we report a protocol for achieving a highly selective separation of s-SWNTs that exhibit a fundamental optical transition centered at 1,550 nm. We employ a polymer assisted sorting approach, and the influence of preparation methods on the optical and transport performances of the separated nanotubes is analyzed. As even traces of m-SWNTs can critically affect performances, we aim to produce samples that do not contain any detectable fraction of residual m-SWNTs.


single wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) sorting optical properties field effect transistors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Sarti
    • 1
  • Francesco Biccari
    • 1
  • Federica Fioravanti
    • 1
  • Ughetta Torrini
    • 1
  • Anna Vinattieri
    • 1
  • Vincent Derycke
    • 2
  • Massimo Gurioli
    • 1
  • Arianna Filoramo
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics and LENSUniversity of FlorenceSesto FiorentinoItaly
  2. 2.LICSEN, NIMBE, CEA, CNRSUniversity Paris-Saclay, CEA SaclayGif sur Yvette CEDEXFrance

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