(291l) Preparation of Individually Dispersed Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Protein Conjugates
- Conference: AIChE Annual Meeting
- Year: 2005
- Proceeding: 2005 Annual Meeting
- Group: 5th Topical Conference on Nanoscale Science and Engineering
- Time: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 6:00pm-8:30pm
Solubilization and functionalization of carbon nanotubes without compromising their excellent physicochemical properties is a challenge that needs to be addressed for realizing many applications of carbon nanotubes. Here we report the design of individually dispersed single-walled carbon nanotube-protein conjugates in aqueous solutions. The conjugates were characterized using absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed the presence of protein-functionalized, individually dispersed SWNTs in water. Furthermore, the proteins immobilized onto the SWNTs also retained their bioactivity. Applications of these water-soluble SWNT-protein conjugates will also be discussed.