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Title: Tailoring wettability change on aligned and patterned carbon nanotube films for selective assembly
Authors: Li, P.
Lim, X. 
Zhu, Y. 
Yu, T.
Ong, C.-K. 
Shen, Z.
Wee, A.T.-S. 
Sow, C.-H. 
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2007
Citation: Li, P., Lim, X., Zhu, Y., Yu, T., Ong, C.-K., Shen, Z., Wee, A.T.-S., Sow, C.-H. (2007-02-22). Tailoring wettability change on aligned and patterned carbon nanotube films for selective assembly. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 111 (7) : 1672-1678. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The effects of oxygen reactive ion etching (RIE) on the surface wettability of aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) films have been systematically investigated. It was found that 3 s of RIE treatment could change the surface of CNT films from hydrophobic to more hydrophilic. The degree of modification in the surface wettability of the film could be controlled by the flow rate of O2 gas during the RIE process. It is proposed that such a surface hydrophobicity change is related to the opened structure and functionalized tip of as-treated CNTs by oxygen reactive ions. More importantly, after the RIE treatment, focused laser pruning was utilized to trim the surface layer of treated CNTs and revert them back to a hydrophobic surface. Combined with the laser pruning technique and O2 RIE treatment, CNT templates with interlaced wettability surfaces in a stripe pattern have been fabricated. It has been demonstrated that this interlaced and structured wettability pattern can be used to selectively assemble microspheres or quantum dots on the aligned CNT films with desired patterns. © 2007 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
ISSN: 15206106
DOI: 10.1021/jp066781t
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