Rational design of multiamphiphilic polymer compatibilizers: Versatile solubility and hybridization of noncovalently functionalized CNT nanocomposites

Kie Yong Cho, Yong Sik Yeom, Heun Young Seo, Young Hun Park, Ha Na Jang, Kyung Youl Baek, Ho Gyu Yoon

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The design of amphiphilic polymer compatibilizers for solubility manipulation of CNT composites was systematically generalized in this study. Structurally tailored multiamphiphilic compatibilizer were designed and synthesized by applying simple, high-yield reactions. This multiamphiphilic compatibilizer was applied for noncovalent functionalization of CNTs as well as provided CNTs with outstanding dispersion stability, manipulation of solubility, and hybridization with Ag nanoparticles (NPs). With regard to the dispersion properties, superior records in maximum concentration (2.88-3.10 mg/mL in chloroform), and mass ratio of the compatibilizer for good CNT dispersion (36 wt %) were achieved by MWCNTs functionalized with a multiamphiphilic block copolymer compatibilizer. In particular, the solubility limitations of MWCNT dispersion in solvents ranging from toluene (nonpolar) to aqueous solution (polar) are surprisingly resolved by introducing this multiamphiphilic polymer compatibilizer. Furthermore, this polymer compatibilizer allowed the synthesis of the hybrid CNT nanocomposites with Ag nanoparticles by an in situ nucleation process. As such, the multiamphiphilic compatibilizer candidate as a new concept for the noncovalent functionalization of CNTs can extend their use for a wide range of applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9841-9850
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 13



  • amphiphilic block copolymer
  • carbon nanotube
  • hybrid composites
  • nanocomposites
  • noncovalent functionalization
  • solubility manipulation

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  • Materials Science(all)

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