Reversible sidewall functionalization of buckytubes

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Single-wall fullerene nanotubes have been made soluble in various organic solvents, including chloroform, methylene chloride, and tetrahydrofuran by covalently attaching alkanes to their sidewalls. Sidewall-alkylated nanotubes are obtained by reacting sidewall-fluorinated nanotubes with alkyl magnesium bromides in a Grignard synthesis or by reaction with alkyllithium precursors. Covalent attachment to the sidewalls was confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy, which is also used to show that the alkane sidewall groups can be removed by oxidizing them in air to recover pristine nanotubes.

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Cited Authors

  • Boul, PJ; Liu, J; Mickelson, ET; Huffman, CB; Ericson, LM; Chiang, IW; Smith, KA; Colbert, DT; Hauge, RH; Margrave, JL; Smalley, RE

Published Date

  • September 3, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 310 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 367 - 372

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-2614

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0009-2614(99)00713-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus