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Surface characteristics and wetting behavior of carbon nanotubes

  • Asa H. Barber (a1), Luqi Liu (a1), Sidney R. Cohen (a2) and H. Daniel (a1)

Abstract

The wetting properties and surface characteristics of individual carbon nanotubes are elucidated by immersing the nanotube into various organic liquid. The resultant force acting on the nanotube can be used to evaluate a liquid contact angle at the nanotube surface from classical methods. This technique was shown to be accurate enough to discern differences in wetting behavior due to both structural and chemical changes in the nanotube structure.

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