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Materials 2010, 3(7), 3818-3844; doi:10.3390/ma3073818
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A Comprehensive Review on Separation Methods and Techniques for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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Department of Chemistry, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta, Otsu, Shiga 520-2192, Japan
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Received: 11 May 2010 / Revised: 22 June 2010 / Accepted: 25 June 2010 / Published: 30 June 2010
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Abstract

Structural control of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is attracting enormous interest in view of their applications to nanoelectronics and nanooptics. Actually, more than 200 papers regarding separation of SWNTs have been published since 1998. In this review, they are classified into the following five sections according to the separation methods; electrophoresis, centrifugation, chromatography, selective solubilization and selective reaction. In each method, all literature is summarized in tables showing the separated objects (metallic/semiconducting (M/S), length, diameter, (n, m) structure and/or handedness), the production process of the used SWNTs (CoMoCAT, HiPco, arc discharge and/or laser vaporization) and the employed chemicals, such as detergents and polymers. Changes in annual number of publications related to this subject are also discussed.
Keywords: carbon nanotubes; separation carbon nanotubes; separation
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Komatsu, N.; Wang, F. A Comprehensive Review on Separation Methods and Techniques for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Materials 2010, 3, 3818-3844.

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