Nanotechnology Now







Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > News > Porphyrin and carbon nanotube assemblies in polar solvents

January 2nd, 2008

Porphyrin and carbon nanotube assemblies in polar solvents

Abstract:
One of the chief obstacles to exploiting the useful electronic and materials properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is their inclination to form ropes and bundles. Understanding the reaction paths involved in the transition from isolated SWCNTs to bundles in the presence of solvent is basic to controlling the process. Single- and multiple-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in polar, or charged, solvents can also form aggregate assemblies and macromolecular complexes with porphyrin derivatives. This potential is of great interest, as the structural and optical properties of porphyrin derivatives and complexes can be easily engineered, a reality evident not just in the laboratory but also in nature. Indeed, in photosynthesis and other processes, the quantum mechanisms governing charge and energy transfer processes are fundamental to life.

Recent experiments investigating CNTs in amide solvents have led to the debatable conclusion that dispersion and partial debundling can be achieved at low nanotube concentrations with a variety of highly polar solvents possessing high surface tension.1 Among these, N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is considered to be the most effective. In particular, it has been postulated that at very low concentrations, the equilibrium (stable) state is a debundled one. Moreover, whether dispersion occurs appears to depend strongly on the method of sample preparation. Taken together, these results suggest that the debundled state is, in fact, not in equilibrium but is metastable (transient though relatively long-lived).

Source:
spie.org

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Chemistry

Chromium-Centered Cycloparaphenylene Rings as New Tools for Making Functionalized Nanocarbons February 24th, 2015

Stretch and relax! -- Losing 1 electron switches magnetism on in dichromium February 23rd, 2015

A straightforward, rapid and continuous method to protect MOF nanocrystals against water February 9th, 2015

Research shows benefits of silicon carbide for sensors in harsh environments: Advantages identified across industries February 9th, 2015

Nanotubes/Buckyballs

Chromium-Centered Cycloparaphenylene Rings as New Tools for Making Functionalized Nanocarbons February 24th, 2015

Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step: New, block-by-block assembly method could pave way for applications in opto-electronics, drug delivery February 23rd, 2015

Half spheres for molecular circuits: Corannulene shows promising electronic properties February 17th, 2015

SouthWest Nanotechnologies CEO Dave Arthur Appointed to the Board of Affiliates of Rice University Professional Science Masterís Program February 13th, 2015

Discoveries

Leti to Offer Updates on Silicon Photonics Successes at OFC in LA February 27th, 2015

Moving molecule writes letters: Caging of molecules allows investigation of equilibrium thermodynamics February 27th, 2015

Untangling DNA with a droplet of water, a pipet and a polymer: With the 'rolling droplet technique,' a DNA-injected water droplet rolls like a ball over a platelet, sticking the DNA to the plate surface February 27th, 2015

Graphene shows potential as novel anti-cancer therapeutic strategy: University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while not harming other cells February 26th, 2015

Announcements

Leti to Offer Updates on Silicon Photonics Successes at OFC in LA February 27th, 2015

Moving molecule writes letters: Caging of molecules allows investigation of equilibrium thermodynamics February 27th, 2015

Untangling DNA with a droplet of water, a pipet and a polymer: With the 'rolling droplet technique,' a DNA-injected water droplet rolls like a ball over a platelet, sticking the DNA to the plate surface February 27th, 2015

Graphene shows potential as novel anti-cancer therapeutic strategy: University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while not harming other cells February 26th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2015 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE