Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Functionalization by Radical Addition Using Hydroxymethylene Groups
Synthetic methodology and characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized with hydroxymethylene groups are reported. The MWCNTs were synthesized by the spray pyrolysis technique using toluene as carbon source and ferrocene as catalyst. Hydroxymethylation of MWCNTs was carried out by methanol using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) at different quantities (300 to 900 mg); the optimum BPO quantity was 300 mg. The resulting materials were characterized by FT-IR, Raman Spectroscopy, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The presence of the hydroxymethylene group on the MWCNTs surface was demonstrated by FT-IR, Raman Spectroscopy, TGA, EDS, TEM and Mass Spectrometry. The functionalized MWCNTs were not damaged by this methodology.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2016
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