Design Rules for Graphene and Carbon-Nanotube Solvents and Dispersants

Adam Hardy, James Dix, Christopher D Williams, Flor Siperstein, Paola Carbone, Henry Bock

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    The constantly widening industrial applications of carbon-based nanomaterials puts into sharp perspective the lack of true solvents in which the materials spontaneously exfoliate to individual molecules. This work shows that the different geometry of graphene compared to that of carbon nanotubes can change the potency of a molecule to act as a solvent or dispersant. Through analysis of the structure/function relationships, we derive a number of design rules that will aid the identification of the best solvent or dispersant candidates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1043-1049
    Number of pages7
    JournalACS Nano
    Issue number2
    Early online date23 Jan 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2018


    • computer simulation
    • corresponding distances method
    • graphene solvents
    • potential of mean force
    • solvent design


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