Stabilization of Individual Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Solutions Academic Article uri icon


  • Single-wall carbon nanotubes pack into crystalline ropes that aggregate into tangled networks due to strong van der Waals attraction. Aggregation acts as an obstacle to most applications, and diminishes the special properties of the individual tubes. We describe a simple procedure for dispersing as-produced nanotubes powder in aqueous solutions of Gum Arabic. In a single step, a stable dispersion of full-length, well separated, individual tubes is formed, apparently due to physical adsorption of the polymer.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002