Aiping Yu

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Poly(aminobenzene sulfonic acid) (PABS) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were covalently attached to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to form water-soluble graft copolymers. Quantitative near-IR (NIR) spectroscopic studies of these SWNT graft copolymers indicate a water solubility of about 5 mg/mL, and atomic force microscopy studies show a fairly(More)
We report a systematic study of the purification of nitric acid treated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by centrifugation at constant pH. The progress of the purification procedure was followed by estimating the purity by solution-phase near-infrared spectroscopy, and it was found that the sediment obtained by centrifugation at pH 2 had the highest(More)
The photoresponse in the electrical conductivity of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) film is dramatically enhanced when the nanotube film is suspended in vacuum. We show here that the change in conductivity is bolometric (caused by heating of the SWNT network). Electron-phonon interactions lead to ultrafast relaxation of the photoexcited carriers, and(More)
A new class of core-corona structured bifunctional catalyst (CCBC) consisting of lanthanum nickelate centers supporting nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNT) has been developed for rechargeable metal-air battery application. The nanostructured design of the catalyst allows the core and corona to catalyze the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen(More)
We report a chemical processing technology that allows the continuous spinning of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)-nylon 6 (PA6) fibers by the in-situ polymerization of caprolactam in the presence of SWNTs, which simultaneously optimizes the morphology of the composite. We show that caprolactam is an excellent solvent for(More)
We present a study on the electronic behavior of films of as-prepared and purified single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and demonstrate the important role that chemical functionalization plays in modifying their electronic properties, which in turn throws further light on the mechanism of action of SWNT-based sensors. Films of electric arc SWNTs were(More)
Aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and hierarchical SWNT assembly were fabricated by electrospinning. The high fiber elongation and high DC electric field applied during the electrospinning process result in the orientation of the SWNTs along the axial direction of the fiber. The alignment of the electropsun composite fiber transfers this local(More)
We introduce a new technique for measurement of the thermal conductivity of ultrathin films of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) utilizing IR radiation as heat source and the SWNT film as thermometer. The technique is applied to study the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of an as-prepared SWNT film obtained in the electric arc(More)
We report an approach to the chemical engineering of the single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-polymer interfacial interaction in a nylon 6 graft copolymer composite which is based on the degree of SWNT functionality. Continuous fibers are drawn from composites fabricated from the in situ polymerization of caprolactam with SWNTs possessing a range of(More)
We report a further advance in the bulk purification of nitric acid-treated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by use of high-speed centrifugation. We have already shown that low-speed centrifugation is effective in removing amorphous carbon (AC). In these earlier experiments, the AC preferentially suspends in aqueous dispersions on low-speed(More)