The effect of dispersant on defects in length-separated single-wall carbon nanotubes measured by Raman spectroscopy

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The fluorescence quantum yield of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in solution depends dramatically on dispersant. To evaluate the role of defects in this dependence, we compare Raman spectra from aqueous suspensions of SWCNTs dispersed using either ss-DNA adsorption or deoxycholate-surfactant encapsulation. For each dispersion method we examine length-separated fractions ranging from approximately (50 to 1000) nm. The intensity ratio of the disorder-induced Raman D-band to the G′-band scales inversely with length, consistent with predominately end cap defect sites. The comparable length-dependent D/G′ for each dispersion scheme excludes defects as a possible explanation for the lower fluorescence in DNA versus deoxycholate dispersions. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Simpson, JR; Fagan, JA; Becker, ML; Hobbie, EK; Hight Walker, AR

Published Date

  • November 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 14

Start / End Page

  • 3238 - 3241

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-6223

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.carbon.2009.07.037

Citation Source

  • Scopus