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Type: Journal article
Title: Tuning the multifunctional surface chemistry of reduced graphene oxide via combined elemental doping and chemical modifications
Author: Yap, P.L.
Kabiri, S.
Au Yoong, Y.L.
Tran, N.H.
Losic, D.
Citation: ACS Omega, 2019; 4(22):19787-19798
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 2470-1343
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Pei Lay Yap, Shervin Kabiri, Yow Loo Auyoong, Diana N. H. Tran and Dusan Losic
Abstract: The synthesis of graphene materials with multiple surface chemistries and functionalities is critical for further improving their properties and broadening their emerging applications. We present a simple chemical approach to obtain bulk quantities of multifunctionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO) that combines chemical doping and functionalization using the thiol-ene click reaction. Controllable modulation of chemical multifunctionality was achieved by simultaneous nitrogen doping and gradual chemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO) using ammonia and hydrazine, followed by covalent attachment of amino-terminated thiol molecules using the thiol-ene click reaction. A series of N-doped rGO (N-rGO) precursors with different levels of oxygen groups were synthesized by adjusting the amount of reducing agent (hydrazine), followed by subsequent covalent attachment of cysteamine via the thermal thiol-ene click reaction to yield different ratios of mixed functional groups including N (pyrrolic N, graphitic N, and aminic N), S (thioether S, thiophene S, and S oxides), and O (hydroxyl O, carbonyl O, and carboxyl O) on the reduced GO surface. Detailed XPS analysis confirmed the disappearance of unstable pyridinic N in cys-N-rGO and the reduction degree threshold of N-rGO for effective cysteamine modification to take place. Our study establishes a strong correlation between different reduction degrees of N-rGO with several existing oxygen functional groups and addition of new tunable functionalities including covalently attached nitrogen (amino) and sulfur (C-S-C, C=S, and S-O). This simple and versatile approach provides a valuable contribution for practical designing and synthesis of a broad range of functionalized graphene materials with tailorable functionalities, doping levels, and interfacial properties for potential applications such as polymer composites, supercapacitors, electrocatalysis, adsorption, and sensors.
Rights: © 2019 American Chemical Society.
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.9b02642
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