Graphite powder and multiwalled carbon nanotubes chemically modified with 4-nitrobenzylamine

Gregory G. Wildgoose, Shelley J. Wilkins, Gareth R. Williams, Robert R. France, David L. Carnahan, Jiang Li, Timothy G. J. Jones, Richard G. Compton

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We demonstrate that graphite powder and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) can be derivatized by 4-nitrobenzylamine (4-NBA) simply by stirring the graphite powder or MWCNTs in a soln. of acetonitrile contg. 10 mM 4-NBA. We propose that 4-NBA partially intercalates at localized edge-plane or edge-plane-like defect sites and support this hypothesis with a range of exptl. data provided by electrochem. in both aq. and nonaq. media, electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. [on SciFinder(R)]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-362
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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