Characterization of single wall carbon nanotubes by means of rare gas adsorption

Arab, M.; Picaud, F.; Ramseyer, C.; Babaa, M. R.; Valsaque, F.; McRae, E.
February 2007
Journal of Chemical Physics;2/7/2007, Vol. 126 Issue 5, p054709
Academic Journal
Based on the formalisms of Langmuir and Fowler, theoretical adsorption isotherms are calculated for different bundle geometries of single wall carbon nanotubes in a triangular lattice. The authors show the dependence of the adsorption properties on the nanotube diameter and on the specific morphology of the bundles they constitute. The authors demonstrate how isotherm curve analysis can help to experimentally determine what kinds of tubes form a given bundle and the ratio of open to closed tubes in a sample having undergone a complete or incomplete opening protocol. In spite of the model’s simplicity, quite satisfactory agreement is observed between experiments and the authors’ calculations.


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