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Responsive Aligned Carbon Nanotubes

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  • Taolei Sun Dr.,

    1. Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-8262-7566
    2. National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100080, P. R. China
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  • Huan Liu,

    1. Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-8262-7566
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  • Wenlong Song,

    1. Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-8262-7566
    2. Department of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023, P. R. China
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  • Xi Wang,

    1. Joint Laboratory of Polymer Science and Materials, Institute of Chemistry, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-82619830
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  • Lei Jiang Prof. Dr.,

    1. Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-8262-7566
    2. National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100080, P. R. China
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  • Lin Li Prof. Dr.,

    1. Joint Laboratory of Polymer Science and Materials, Institute of Chemistry, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-82619830
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  • Daoben Zhu Prof. Dr.

    1. Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 10-8262-7566
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  • This work was supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (20374054, 90306011, and 20125102) and the Outstanding Youth Fund (Grant No. 20325414).

Abstract

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Feeling the heat: Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization was used to modify a film of aligned carbon nanotubes with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (see TEM image). A distinct temperature responsiveness is found for both the macroscopic (wettability) and the microscopic (the diameter and rigidity of a single carbon nanotube) properties of the resulting film.

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