Publisher : The Korean Institute of Surface Engineering
DOI : 10.5695/JKISE.2008.41.5.194
Title & Authors
Surface Modification of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Enhancement of Dispersion and Electrochemical Properties Kim, Young-Ja; Zhang, Wentao; Lee, Hong-Ro; Kim, Jong-Hyee;
Several methods for improving dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been investigated. CNTs modified by acids and hydrogen peroxide () showed improved dispersion. From SEM micrographs and photos of dispersion, CNTs modified with nitric acid and , showed no agglomeration in solution even standing for 4 months, which means successfully improved dispersion property. TEM micrographs of surface modified single CNT treated with 69% in boiling acid solution as the optimum method were obtained. For confirmation of CNTs' application to EDLC electrode materials, characteristics of EDLC have been analyzed by cyclic voltammetry curve, specific capacitance of unit cell, electrode discharge curves and AC impedance curve. From the results, it could be confirmed that electrochemical properties of CNTs were enhanced after surface modification with 69% acid treatment.