Cover Picture: Spinning Carbon Nanotube-Gel Fibers Using Polyelectrolyte Complexation (Adv. Funct. Mater. 23/2008)

Authors

  • Alberto J. Granero,

    1. ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia)
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  • Joselito M. Razal,

    1. ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia)
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  • Gordon G. Wallace,

    Corresponding author
    1. ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia)
    • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia).
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  • Marc in het Panhuis

    Corresponding author
    1. ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia)
    • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia).
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Abstract

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The use of wet-spinning and polyelectrolyte complexation to assemble carbon nanotube-gel fibers by injecting a SWNT-biopolymer dispersion into a coagulation bath containing a biopolymer of opposite charge is described by A. J. Granero on page 3759. The ability to spin fibers, and their properties, depend on processing conditions such as polyelectrolyte pH, sonolysis regime, and the order in which the anionic and cationic biopolymer solutions are added.

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