Thursday, August 30, 2007

US Patent 7262266 - SWCNT block co-polymers

Block copolymers have an interesting property of self assembly used to form periodic structures on the nanoscale. This patent from Rice University teaches using single walled carbon nanotubes as a functional component of block co-polymers. Claim 1 reads:

1. A block copolymer comprising: a) a first block material comprising short single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs); and b) a second block material comprising a rigid rod aromatic polymer.

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