Evaluation of Bulk-Sensitive Structural Characteristics of Oxidized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes using Solution Phase Optical Spectra Lee, Geon-Woong; Bang, Dae-Suk; Cho, Dong-Hwan; Kumar, Satish;
A method for evaluating bulk sensitive structural characteristics of unpurified, as-purified, and acid treated single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) was described in the present study. The optical spectra of SWNT solutions were well resolved after prolonged sonication and they were correlated to the diameter and the distribution of nanotubes. The acid-treated SWNTs were similar to as-purified SWNTs in terms of catalyst residue, radial breathing mode (RBM) in the Raman spectra, and the first band gap energy of semiconducting tubes in the optical spectra. The solution phase optical spectra were more sensitive to changes in the small diameter and metallic tubes after the acid treatment than were the RBM spectra.