Separation of single-walled carbon nanotubes by amine-functionalized polydimethylsiloxane

Myung Soo Choi, Seung Bo Yang, Min Ho Lee, Sang Joon Park, Woo Sik Lee, Hee Tae Jung, Young Jin Choi, Woo Jae Kim

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In the present study, utilizing the selective adsorption characteristic of amine groups, metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are selectively removed from the HiPco SWNT mixture arranged on a SiO2/Si substrate using a surface-functionalized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp with amine groups for the successful separation of metallic and semiconducting SWNTs. To enhance the separation efficiency, HiPco SWNTs originally dispersed in aqueous solution with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) are arranged in high density on a SiO2/Si using dielectrophoresis, and it is demonstrated that high-yield SWNT separation was possible even with a single stamping process. We find negatively charged SDS predominately exists on metallic SWNTs rather than on semiconducting SWNTs; it strongly combines with positively charged H atoms in amine groups on PDMS and, thus, can be peeled off and separated using an amine-functionalized PDMS stamp together with metallic SWNTs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalScience of Advanced Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2013R1A1A2061805) and the Human Resources Development program (no. 20124030200010) of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korean government Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.

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© 2016 by American Scientific Publishers.


  • Amine group
  • Electrostatic interaction
  • Metallic carbon nanotube
  • SDS
  • Single-walled carbon nanotube separation
  • Stamping


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