Control of carbon nanotube-surface interactions: The role of grafted polymers

Rikkert Nap, Igal Szleifer*

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We have investigated the interactions between single-walled carbon nanotubes, coated with polymer chains end-grafted to the tubes, and planar surfaces. By proper functionalization of the grafted polymers' free ends, we show how to obtain an attractive interaction that can be used to immobilize the tube at a desired distance from the surface. We demonstrate how the strength and distance of the minimal interaction can be controlled by the proper choice of polymer chain length, surface coverage, and type of functional end-group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12072-12075
Number of pages4
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 20 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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