Patent Number: 8,512,668

Title: Method of more simple separation and collection of carbon nanotubes

Abstract: To provide a method for separating metallic CNT and semiconducting CNT by treating a CNT-containing gel or a CNT dispersion as combined with a gel, according to a physical separation means to thereby make semiconducting CNT exist in gel and metallic CNT exist in solution, in which the semiconducting CNT adsorbed by gel are collected in a more simplified manner not dissolving the gel. A CNT-containing gel or a CNT dispersion combined with a gel is treated according to a physical separation means of a centrifugal method, a freezing squeezing method, a diffusion method or a permeation method, to thereby make semiconducting CNT exist in gel and metallic CNT exist in solution so that the metallic CNT and the semiconducting CNT are separated from each other, and further, a suitable eluent is made to react on the gel that adsorbs semiconducting CNT to elute the semiconducting CNT from the gel.

Inventors: Tanaka; Takeshi (Ibaraki, JP), Kataura; Hiromichi (Ibaraki, JP), Liu; Huaping (Ibaraki, JP)

Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

International Classification: D01F 9/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-08-20 0:00:00