Effect of charge of a matrix polymer on the electronic states of single-walled carbon nanotubes

Yasuhiko Hirana, Yasuro Niidome, Naotoshi Nakashima

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    Abstract

    The determination of electronic states of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) has been a central issue in science and nanotechnology of carbon nanotubes. Previously, we reported the electronic states of (n,m)SWNTs that were embedded in an anionic polymer, carboxymethylcellulose sodium salt (CMC). It is important to reveal how the electronic properties of individual (n,m)SWNTs are affected by the surrounding microenvironment. In this study, we focused on the effect of charge of the SWNT solubilizers. We used a cationic polymer, hydroxyethylcellulose ethoxylate (quaternized) (HEQ) as the SWNT solubilizer in place of CMC, and the isolated (n,m)SWNTs were embedded in a film of HEQ (matrix polymer) on an electrode. We found that the charge of HEQ virtually does not affect the electronic parameters, i.e., oxidation/reduction potentials, Fermi levels, and band gaps of the (n,m)SWNTs, indicating that the presented electronic parameters are the parameters of the intrinsic (n,m)SWNTs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1262-1267
    Number of pages6
    JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
    Volume85
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Chemistry

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