Single-wall fullerene nanotubes were converted from nearly endless, highly tangled ropes into short, open-ended pipes that behave as individual macromolecules. Raw nanotube material was purified in large batches, and the ropes were cut into 100- to 300-nanometer lengths. The resulting pieces formed a stable colloidal suspension in water with the help of surfactants. These suspensions permit a variety of manipulations, such as sorting by length, derivatization, and tethering to gold surfaces.
Liu, J; Rinzler, AG; Dai, H; Hafner, JH; Bradley, RK; Boul, PJ; Lu, A; Iverson, T; Shelimov, K; Huffman, CB; Rodriguez-Macias, F; Shon, YS; Lee, TR; Colbert, DT; Smalley, RE
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