National Research Council of Canada. NRC Biotechnology Research Institute
This paper reports on a new strategy for coating fused silica capillaries based on the ionic adsorption of acid treated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on a poly(diallydimethylammonium chloride)-modified fused silica surface. The coated capillaries were used to demonstrate their performance for baseline separation of a mixture of seven nitrogen-containing aromatic compounds compared to capillary zone electrophoresis. This combined layer formed a coating material that could be useful for improvement of the selectivity of the solutes in an electrical field. We reasoned that the interaction of the solutes and the modified capillary wall occurred mainly via ionic interactions with the charged moieties of CNTs. The single-walled CNT modified capillaries were very stable and could be used for over 200 repeated analyses without compromising its analytical performance.
Journal of Chromatography A1074, no. 1-2: 187–194.