Christopher T Kingston

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Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) exhibit a range of properties that are as compelling as those of carbon nanotubes (CNTs); however, very low production volumes have prevented the science and technology of BNNTs from evolving at even a fraction of the pace of CNTs. Here we report the high-yield production of small-diameter BNNTs from pure hexagonal boron(More)
Several techniques were evaluated for the establishment of reliable water/moisture content of single-wall carbon nanotubes. Karl Fischer titration (KF) provides a direct measure of the water content and was used for benchmarking against results obtained by conventional oven drying, desiccation over anhydrous magnesium perchlorate as well as by(More)
A systematic study on the use of 9,9-dialkylfluorene homopolymers (PFs) for large-diameter semiconducting (sc-) single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) enrichment is the focus of this report. The enrichment is based on a simple three-step extraction process: (1) dispersion of as-produced SWCNTs in a PF solution; (2) centrifugation at a low speed to separate(More)
Very shortly following the discovery of single-walled carbon nanotubes laser-based methods emerged as reliable ways to produce moderate quantities with very consistent composition and properties. They have also proven to be good platforms for the systematic investigation of various synthesis parameters in the hope of better understanding the growth process.(More)
We have successfully applied coupled thermogravimetry, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy to the quantification of surface functional groups on single-walled carbon nanotubes. A high-purity single-walled carbon nanotube sample was subjected to a rapid functionalization reaction that attached butyric acid moieties to the nanotube sidewalls. This(More)
Reduced single-walled carbon nanotubes (r-SWCNT) are shown to react readily at room temperature under inert atmosphere conditions with epoxide moieties, such as those in triglycidyl p-amino phenol (TGAP), to produce a soft covalently bonded interface around the SWCNT. The soft interface is compatible with the SWCNT-free cross-linked cured matrix and acts as(More)
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) have been reduced with sodium naphthalide in THF. The reduced SWCNT are not only soluble in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) to form a stable solution/suspension, but also react spontaneously at room temperature with DMSO to evolve hydrocarbon gases and are converted into functionalized SWCNT. The degree of functionalization(More)
We have modified single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with well defined matrix-based architectures to improve interface interaction in SWCNT/epoxy composites. The hardener and two pre-synthesized oligomers containing epoxy and hardener moieties were covalently attached to the SWCNT walls by in situ diazonium or carboxylic coupling reactions. In this way,(More)
Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) exhibit a range of properties that hold great potential for many fields of science and technology; however, they have inherently low chemical reactivity, making functionalization for specific applications difficult. Here we propose that covalent functionalization of BNNTs via reduction chemistry could be a highly promising(More)
A simple wet chemical method involving only ultrasonic processing in dilute ceric sulfate (CS) was used to functionalize carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Unexpectedly, single-walled and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs) were cut, oxidized, and disintegrated by sonication in 0.1 N CS for 2-5 h. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force(More)