Microscopic Characterization of Nanocomposite based on the Mixture of Carbon Nanotube and Rosette Nanotube

J.-Y. Cho, T. Yamazaki, J.G. Duque, S. Doorn, S. Das, M. Green, H. Fenniri
National Institute for Nanotechnology, CA

Keywords: carbon nanotube (CNT), rosette nanotube (RNT), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), molecular dynamics (MD)

Summary:

In this paper, it was demonstrated that the self-assembled organic rosette nanotube (RNT) can encapsulate single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and form nanocomposites. Importantly, the RNTs were found to hold their supramolecular architectures. To understand how nanocomposite forms, various cutting edge microscopic characterization methods were used, such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Based on intensive microscopic analysis, two different models were suggested and modeled using molecular dynamic (MD) simulations.