Fibers of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes and process for making the same
AuthorSmalley, Richard E.; Saini, Rajesh Kumar; Sivarajan, Ramesh; Hauge, Robert H.; Davis, Virginia Angelica; Pasquali, Matteo; Ericson, Lars Martin
The present invention involves fibers of highly aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes and a process for making the same. The present invention provides a method for effectively dispersing single-wall carbon nanotubes. The process for dispersing the single-wall carbon nanotubes comprises mixing single-wall carbon nanotubes with 100% sulfuric acid or a superacid, heating and stirring under an inert, oxygen-free environment. The single-wall carbon nanotube/acid mixture is wet spun into a coagulant to form the single-wall carbon nanotube fibers. The fibers are recovered, washed and dried. The single-wall carbon nanotubes were highly aligned in the fibers, as determined by Raman spectroscopy analysis.
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