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Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Product Code M2008D6-5g
Price $109.00 ex. VAT

High purity multi-walled carbon nanotubes in powder form

For applications to improve mechanical or electrical properties of material

Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are a special form of carbon nanotubes in which multiple single-walled carbon nanotubes are nested inside one another. Although MWCNTs are still classed as a 1-dimenional form of carbon, the unique properties that are seen within single-walled and double-walled carbon nanotubes are not as prominent. The reason for this is the higher probability of defects occurring . These disadvantages are offset by the increased dispersability of MWCNTs, and the reduced cost in synthesis and purification of these materials.

At Ossila we sell a range of MWCNT's with different purities and and diameters. Additionally, we sell carbolic acid (COOH) and hydroxyl (-OH) functionalised nanotubes in a range of different diameters.

What are Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes?

MWCNTs consist of multiple carbon nanotubes nested within one another. The number of nanotubes that are within a MWCNT can vary - from as little as 3, to over 20. At the same time the diameter of both the internal nanotube and the external most nanotube can vary - from 2nm for the innermost tube, to over 50nm for the outer wall. Just like single-walled nanotubes, they exhibit exceptional electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. However, due to the increased number of walls, there is a higher likelihood of defects being present compared to single-walled nanotubes - resulting in reduced performances. The outer walls of MWCNTs can be modified with functional groups such as hydroxides, carboxylic acids, or amides to produce additional functionality (e.g. improved dispersability, or the ability to attach binding sites for use in biomedical applications).

MWCNTs can be produced in high quantities and are easier to purify (in comparison to single walled and double-walled nanotubes). This makes their production costs significantly lower, and is a reason for their adoption in multiple areas of scientific research. Applications of MWCNTs have been mainly focused around their use in composites where they can be used as an additive. either to: i) improve the mechanical properties of a material, or ii) to improve the electrical properties of a material. Aside from being used as additives, functionalised MWCNTs are being utilised in a variety of medical and biotechnological applications. This is due to their high biocompatibility of carbon nanotubes and the ability to attach specific proteins to functional groups. This can provide a wide variety of targeted therapies such as drug delivery, localised heating for triggering cell death, or even miniature biosensors for in-situ measurements.

Dispersion Guide

Like single walled carbon nanotubes, MWCNT's are insoluble. For dispersing in aqueous solutions we recommend the use of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate if an ionic surfactant is suitable if a nonionic surfactant is needed we recommend surfactants with high molecular weights.

  • Weigh out the desired amount of nanotubes.
  • Mix together your solvent and surfactant of choice at the desired surfactant concentration. This should be below the critical micelle concentration of the surfactant.
  • Add the solvent-surfactant mix to the dry powder and shake vigorously to mix.
  • Either place an ultrasonic probe into the solution or place the solution into an ultrasonic bath. Be careful about the length of time and power used, as damage to the carbon nanotubes can occur, shortening their average length.
  • The resulting solution will be a mixture of suspended nanotubes and bundles of nanotubes, further sonication will help break up the bundles.
  • To separate out the individual nanotubes in solution from the bundles the solution should be placed within a centrifuge. If the solution is centrifuged for a longer time and/or at a higher the smaller bundles will be removed narrowing the distribution of suspended nanotubes.

For functionalised nanotubes it is possible to disperse them without the use of any surfactants. However, the total concentration of dispersed nanotubes will be lower. A maximum of 0.1mg/ml can be achieved for COOH and OH.


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Technical Data

CAS Number 308068-56-6
Chemical Formula CxHy
Recommended Dispersants
DI Water, DMF, THF, Ethanol, Acetone
Synonyms Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Multi Wall Carbon Nanotube, Carbon Nanotube, MWNT, MWCNT
Classification / Family 1D materials, Carbon nanomaterials, Nanomaterials, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, thin-film electronics.
Colour / Appearance Black fibrous powder

All our MWCNTs come packed as dry powders, which can be dispersed within the users solvent of choice.

Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Powders

Product code M2008D5 M2008D6 M2009D4
Internal Diameter 5 - 15 nm 2 - 6 nm 5 - 15 nm
Outer Diameter > 50 nm < 8 nm > 50 nm
Length 10 - 30 μm 10-35 μm 10 - 30 μm
Specific Surface Area > 40 m2g-1 510 m2g-1 > 20 m2g-1
Conductivity n.a. 98.0 S/cm n.a.
Purity > 95% > 96% > 99.9%

COOH Functionalised Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Powders

Product code M2010D5 M2010D2 M2010D3 M2010D4
Internal Diameter 2 - 6 nm 5 - 10 nm 5 - 12 nm 5 - 15 nm
Outer Diameter < 8 nm 25 nm 40 nm >50 nm
Length 10-35 μm 10 - 20 μm 10 - 20 μm 10 - 20 μm
COOH Content 3.7% 0.6% 0.4% 0.3%
Specific Surface Area >510 m2.g-1 >55 m2.g-1 >30 m2.g-1 >30 m2.g-1
Conductivity 98.0 S/cm n.a. n.a. n.a.
Purity >96% >99.9% >99.9% >99.9%

OH Functionalised Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Powders

Product code M2011D5 M2011D2 M2011D3 M2011D4
Internal Diameter 2 - 6 nm 5 - 8 nm 5 - 12 nm 5 - 15 nm
Outer Diameter < 8 nm 25 nm 40 nm >50 nm
Length 10-35 μm 10 - 20 μm 10 - 20 μm 10 - 20 μm
OH Content 5.8% 0.5% 0.5% 0.4%
Specific Surface Area 510 m2.g-1 > 30 m2.g-1 > 30 m2.g-1 > 20 m2.g-1
Conductivity 98.0 S/cm n.a. n.a. n.a.
Purity >96% >99.9% >99.9% >99.9%

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MSDS Documents

Multi-walled carbon nanotube MSDSSingle-Walled Carbon Nanotube M2008 & M2009

Multi-walled carbon nanotube COOH functionalised MSDSMulti-Walled Carbon Nanotube COOH Functionalised M2010

Multi-walled carbon nanotube OH functionalised MSDSMulti-Walled Carbon Nanotube OH Functionalised M2011

To the best of our knowledge the information provided here is accurate. However, Ossila assume no liability for the accuracy of this page. The values provided are typical at the time of manufacture and may vary over time and from batch to batch. All products are for laboratory and research and development use only, and may not be used for any other purpose including health care, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food or commercial applications.

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