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Zeng X.,Nanchang University | Zeng X.,CAS Institute of Physics | Hu J.,Nanchang University | Hu J.,CAS Institute of Physics | And 9 more authors.
Nanoscale | Year: 2015

Surfactants or polymers are usually used for the liquid processing of carbon nanotubes for their structure separation. However, they are difficult to remove after separation, affecting the intrinsic properties and applications of the separated species. Here, we report an ethanol-assisted gel chromatography for the chirality separation of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), in which ethanol is employed to finely tune the density/coverage of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) on nanotubes, and thus the interactions between SWCNTs and an allyl dextran-based gel. Incrementally increasing the ethanol content in a low-concentration SDS eluent leads to successive desorption of the different structure SWCNTs adsorbed on the gel, and to achieve multiple distinct (n, m) single-chirality species. The use of ethanol enables the working concentration of SDS to be reduced dramatically and also avoids the introduction of other surfactants or chemical reagents. More importantly, ethanol can be easily removed after separation. The ability of ethanol to tune the interactions between SWCNTs and the gel also gives a deeper insight into the separation mechanism of SWCNTs using gel chromatography. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Zhang N.,CAS Institute of Physics | Zhang N.,Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Structure ResearchBeijing | Zhang N.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Zhou W.,CAS Institute of Physics | And 44 more authors.
Nanoscale | Year: 2015

In order to meet the growing need for smart bionic devices and epidermal electronic systems, biaxial stretchability is essential for energy storage units. Based on porous single-walled carbon nanotube/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (SWCNT/PEDOT) hybrid fiber, we designed and fabricated a biaxially stretchable supercapacitor, which possesses a unique configuration of the parallel buckled hybrid fiber array. Owing to the reticulate SWCNT film and the improved fabrication technique, the hybrid fiber retained its porous architecture both outwardly and inwardly, manifesting a superior capacity of 215 F g-1. H3PO4-polyvinyl alcohol gel with an optimized component ratio was introduced as both binder and stretchable electrolyte, which contributed to the regularity and stability of the buckled fiber array. The buckled structure and the quasi one-dimensional character of the fibers endow the supercapacitor with 100% stretchability along all directions. In addition, the supercapacitor exhibited good transparency, as well as excellent electrochemical properties and stability after being stretched 5000 times. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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