Volume 86 Issue 18 | p. 38 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 5, 2008

How To Dissolve Your Carbon Nanotubes

Department: Science & Technology

Although carbon nanotubes are generally regarded as insoluble in all solvents, a research team led by Jonathan N. Coleman of Trinity College Dublin and James P. Hamilton of the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, has found that carbon nanotubes actually can be dissolved in N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and other solvents with a surface energy that matches that of graphitic surfaces (Adv. Mater., DOI: 10.1002/adma.200702451). The investigation may eventually enable researchers to process carbon nanotubes conveniently via . . .

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