Preparation of Metallic and Semiconducting SWCNT Inks by a Simple Chromatographic Method: A Two-Parameter Study

  • Ana SantidrianEmail author
  • Nekane Lozano
  • Ana M. Benito
  • Wolfgang K. Maser
  • Alejandro Ansón-Casaos
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) show either metallic or semiconducting character, and are potential candidates for the development of small electronic devices. However, commercial SWCNT materials consist of a mixture of many different SWCNT conformations and certain impurities. In this work, SWCNTs are dispersed in an aqueous medium, purified by centrifugation, and finally separated into metallic and semiconducting inks by a gel chromatography method. The separation is directly performed at ambient conditions, and the influence of the ink concentration and the chromatography column length are thoroughly evaluated. The most efficient separation, distinguishing between families of semiconducting SWCNT with different diameters, is achieved at the lowest concentration and with the longest column. These results provide a promising base for availability of SWCNTs with well-defined characteristics needed for the development of electronic devices.


Carbon nanotube Purification Separation Electronic properties Concentration Gel chromatography 



This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642742.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Santidrian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nekane Lozano
    • 1
  • Ana M. Benito
    • 1
  • Wolfgang K. Maser
    • 1
  • Alejandro Ansón-Casaos
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSICZaragozaSpain

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