Demetalization of single-walled carbon nanotube thin films with microwave irradiation

Lu Wang, Yao Xiong, Ziran Wu, Binh Duong, Supapan Seraphin, Hao Xin, Liwei Chen

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The microwave irradiation effects on purified HiPCO and CoMoCat single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin films are investigated. The surface conductivities of the SWNT films are extracted from the measured THz transmission coefficients to provide a direct indication of the metallic content in the films. The observed drastic conductivity decrease indicates a significant metallic content reduction after the microwave irradiation. Two different laser excitations are applied for Raman spectroscopy to reveal the response of different nanotube species. The Raman spectra of both HiPCO and CoMoCat thin films confirm the decrease of metallic carbon nanotubes. The observed microwave-induced effects may potentially lead to a convenient scheme for demetalization of single-walled carbon nanotube mixtures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-406
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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