Despite the many advances that have been made in using anionic surfactants to disperse and sort single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) for optoelectronic applications, one-pot methods for deposition of SWNTs in a diameter (dt) and position controlled manner from as-dispersed sample are essential. Here, we designed and prepared flavin-containing self-assembled monolayers (flavin-SAMs) that can be used to assemble dt-selective individualized SWNT networks directly from SWNT dispersions by using the widely-used anionic surfactant. For a given glass substrate, the dimethallylsilane-linked azide, along with surface immobilization was employed to have Click reaction with terminal acetylene tethered to flavin group known to have strong affinity with SWNT. As demonstrated by atomic force microscopy and other methods, along successful assembly of individualized networks, the SWNTs are either fully or partially wrapped in a dt selective manner by isoalloxazine moieties tethered to the surface, displaying Langmuir isotherm adsorption behaviors in a dipping method dependent manner. The assembled SWNT network secures photoluminescence and electrical conductivity albeit its intimacy to underlying substrate and near monolayer coverage of SWNT network, respectively, and, furthermore, preferentially takes place on flavin-SAM over hydrophobic surface.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)