|Cutting floating single-walled carbon nanotubes with a ‘CO2 blade’
|Year of Publication
|Tian Y, Wei N, Laiho P, Ahmad S, Magnin Y, Liao Y, Bichara C, Jiang H, Kauppinen EI
|481 - 486
Uniform ultra-short (< 100 nm) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with properties of rich chemistry, high dispersity and easy manipulation, are of great importance for constructing novel nanostructures and highly integrated miniature devices. Herein, we report a recent breakthrough in cutting long SWCNTs into uniform ultra-short segments in gas-phase using CO2 as a 'blade.' SWCNTs synthesized by an aerosol reactor are directly introduced into a second reactor for gaseous cutting. The quality and the number concentration of shortened SWCNTs are enhanced after the gas-phase cutting process. Moreover, the growth and cutting of SWCNTs are accomplished in a continuous gas-phase process, thus allows direct dry deposition of ultra-short SWCNTs as individual macromolecules or thin films onto various substrates for multiple applications. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.