Direct functionalization of nanodiamonds with maleimide

Omar El Tall, Yuanfang Hou, Edy Abou-Hamad, Inam Ul haq Raja, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Wei Peng, Remi Mahfouz, Osman Bakr, Pierre Beaujuge

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Diamond materials span a wide range of attractive physical properties, including large mechanical resistance, high thermal conductivity, and tunable optoelectronic behavior when suitably doped. Down to the nanoscale, embedded diamond nanoparticles find use in surface coatings and nanocomposites and are promising building elements in nanophotonic device engineering. The nature of the solubilizing substituents and specific functional groups appended to the nanodiamond surface defines the function of the nanoparticle and in turn its field of applicability. Synthetic nanodiamonds prepared by detonation protocols, so-called detonation diamond nanoparticles (DDNP), are composed of primary nanocrystals (2-10 nm) and their aggregates. A detailed experimental section can be found in the Supporting Information; the XRD analysis of the GDNP(800) precursor confirmed the integrity of the diamond core upon thermal annealing.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2766-2769
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 21 2014

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): FIC/2010/02
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Office of Competitive Research Funds (OCRF) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the "Competitive Research Grant" (CRG) program No. FIC/2010/02. The authors thank KAUST Analytical Core Laboratories for mass spectrometry and elemental analyses. OET thanks Dr. Clement Cabanetos for helpful discussions.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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