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Sidewall Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes Through Electrophilic Substitution

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We report a general strategy for functionalizing the sidewalls of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which is based on electrophilic substitution reactions on phenylated CNTs. By using this strategy, four new functionalized CNTs were prepared, including diphenyl ketone, benzenesulfonyl chloride, benzyl chloride and thiophenol modified CNTs. The benzenesulfonyl chloride and benzyl chloride functinalized CNTs could serve as novel initiators for surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. The thiophenol modified CNTs were used in immobilizing Pd nanoparticles on the CNT surface, and the CNT/Pd hybrid produced exhibits good catalytic efficiency for the electrochemical oxidation of methanol.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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