Preparation of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) gel composites using poly(ionic liquids)

Seung Hyun Hong, Tran Thanh Tung, Le Kim Huyen Trang, Tae Young Kim, Kwang S. Suh

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This paper reports a new and practical route for synthesizing nanotube-polymeric ionic liquids gel by noncovalent functionalization of oxidized single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) surfaces with imidazolium-based poly (ionic liquids) (PILs), using in situ radical polymerization method. A black and homogeneous precipitate SWNTs was obtained as a gel form, which is well dispersed in aqueous solution without any aggregation. The formation of SWNT gels is explained by the electrostatic attractions or π-bonds between the SWNT surface and the PIL matrix. By anionexchange reaction of PIL bound to SWNTs, hydrophilic anions in PIL were substituted with hydrophobic anions, resulting in an effective transfer of SWNT-PIL hydrogels to organogels. The result also showed that SWNTs can effectively improve the conductivity along with the thermal stability of nanocomposite gels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1018
Number of pages6
JournalColloid and Polymer Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Hydrogels
  • Nanocomposite
  • Organogels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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