Solvent-free covalent functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and nanodiamond with diamines: Looking for cross-linking effects

Elena V. Basiuk*, Vladimir A. Basiuk, Víctor Meza-Laguna, Flavio F. Contreras-Torres, Melchor Martínez, Aarón Rojas-Aguilar, Marco Salerno, Guadalupe Zavala, Andrea Falqui, Rosaria Brescia

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The covalent functionalization of carbon nanomaterials with diamines is a way to enhance the mechanical strength of nanocomposites due to cross-linking effects, to form complex networks for nanotube-based electronic circuits, as well as is important for a number of biomedical applications. The main goal of the present work was to covalently functionalize pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes and nanodiamond with three aliphatic diamines (1,8-diaminooctane, 1,10-diaminodecane and 1,12-diaminododecane) and one aromatic diamine (1,5-diaminonaphthalene), by employing a simple one-step solvent-free methodology, which is based on thermal instead of chemical activation. We looked for experimental evidences of cross-linking effects in the carbon nanomaterials synthesized by using solubility/dispersibility tests, atomic force microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, as well as Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis for additional characterization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-476
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Surface Science
StatePublished - Oct 15 2012


  • Cross-linking
  • Diamines
  • Functionalization
  • Multi-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Nanodiamond
  • Solvent-free

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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