Enzyme-activated surfactants for dispersion of carbon nanotubes

Cousins, Brian G. and Das, Apurba K. and Sharma, Raman and Li, Yanning and McNamara, Jonathan P. and Hillier, Ian H. and Kinloch, Ian A. and Ulijn, Rein V. (2009) Enzyme-activated surfactants for dispersion of carbon nanotubes. Small, 5 (5). pp. 587-590. ISSN 1613-6810

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Abstract

N-Fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl-protected amino acids are used as surfactants for carbon nanotubes and their interactions are modeled using quantum mechanical computations. These surfactants are then converted into enzymatically activated CNT surfactants that create homogeneous aqueous nanotube dispersions on-demand under constant and physiological conditions