Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.130, No.23, 7226-7226, 2008
Directed assembly of single-walled carbon nanotubes via drop-casting onto a UV-patterned photosensitive monolayer
We report the use of a novel UV-sensitive self-assembled monolayer to selectively deposit single-wailed carbon nanotubes from solution using heterogeneous surface wettability. This process combines ubiquitous photopatterning techniques with simple solution processing to yield highly selective and densely packed carbon nanotube patterns. The essential concept behind this process is the change in surface chemistry caused by the UV-induced monolayer reaction. Selective deposition of carbon nanotubes was achieved by drop-casting, and the resulting films show local ordering, indicating that further development of this process will lead to simple technique for large-scale integration.