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Noncovalent Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes

Fundamental Aspects of Dispersion and Separation in Water


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Claudia Backes
    Pages 1-37
  3. Claudia Backes
    Pages 39-40
  4. Claudia Backes
    Pages 41-179
  5. Claudia Backes
    Pages 181-189
  6. Claudia Backes
    Pages 191-198
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-203

About this book


In this thesis, Claudia Backes guides the reader through her multidisciplinary research into the non-covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes in water. Although one of the most remarkable materials of the 21st century, carbon nanotubes often have limited application because of their intrinsically low solubility and polydispersity. The author shows that rational surfactant design is a powerful tool for chemists because it can unmask the key to solubilization and allow us to tailor nanotube surface and optical properties in a fully reversible fashion. Aspects of organic, physical and analytical chemistry, as well as colloidal sciences are covered in this outstanding work which brings us one step closer to exploiting this super-material to its full potential.


nanotube separation and sorting nanotube solubilization and dispersion single walled carbon nanotubes surfactant design synthetic carbon allotropes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ZMP-Zentralinstitut für Neue MaterialienUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergFürthGermany

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