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Inclusion complexes of saccharides and HiPco Carbon Nanotubes (HCNT) were formed, resulting in water soluble complexes. These complexes were then characterised using a variety of spectroscopic techniques. Raman spectroscopy was used to probe changes in the vibrational character of both the host and guest species and also to assess if any selectivity of tube diameter occurred. UV-Vis-NIR and circular dichroic spectroscopies were used to assess the effect of inclusion on the electronic properties of the tubes. Spectroscopic analysis of these species showed clear evidence of an intermolecular interaction between the host material and the HCNT.
Casey, A., Moghal, J., Farrell, G., Byrne, H., Chambers, G.: Interaction of carbon nanotubes with saccharides: a possible route to biocompatible composites. Proceedings of the 12th. International Cyclodextrin Symposium, Montpellier, France. 16-19 May, 2004.