Published : 2022-08-23

Dextran complexes with single-walled carbon nanotubes


Formation of surface and inclusion complexes of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) with dextrans of Mw 6000 to 2 000 000 was proven spectrally, rheologically, and calorimetrically. Band shifts in the Raman spectra, increase in the viscosity of aqueous solutions of particular dextrans after admixture of SWCNT, and enthalpies of melting of those complexes were independent on molecular weight of dextrans. Computational simulations were performed using the HyperChem 7 and Gaussian 03 packages, starting from a model of single, short SWCNT and linear dextran chain made of 12, 18 or 24 ß-D-glucose units. The simulation indicated that dextran chains composed of 12 or 18 ß-D-glucose units only partly enveloped SWCNT and the intermolecular interactions in both terminals of the chains prevailed. The dextran containing 24 ß-D-glucose units fully enveloped SWCNT. However, the role of SWCNT in the envelop formation was limited solely to its hydrophobic interactions with the central part of the dextran chain.





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Stobiński, L., Polaczek, E., Rębilas, K., Mazurkiewicz, J., Wrzalik, R., Lin, H. M., & Tomasik, P. (2022). Dextran complexes with single-walled carbon nanotubes. Polimery, 53(7-8), 571-575. Retrieved from