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Soluble graphene through edge-selective functionalization

Sun, Zhengzong and Kohama, Shin-ichiro and Zhang, Zengxing and Lomeda, Jay R. and Tour, James M. (2010) Soluble graphene through edge-selective functionalization. Nano Research, 3 (2). pp. 117-125.



Thermally expanded graphite was functionalized with 4-bromophenyl addends using the in situ diazonium formation procedure, and after mild sonication treatment in N,N′-dimethylformamide, thin graphene layers were exfoliated from the bulk graphite. These chemically-assisted exfoliated graphene (CEG) sheets had higher solubility than pristine graphene without any stabilizer additive. More than 70% of these soluble flakes had less than 5 layers. Energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) elemental mapping provided evidence of the edge-selective diazonium functionalization with graphene. A majority of the Br signals came from the edges of the CEG indicating that the basal planes were not highly functionalized. The CEG was also characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:8804
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:26 Aug 2010 08:37
Last Modified:26 Aug 2010 08:37

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