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Diels–Alder reactions for carbon material synthesis and surface functionalization

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Abstract

To meet the ever growing demand for carbon nanomaterials with tailored properties, Diels–Alder reactions are emerging as an efficient alternative to other synthetic methods. From an application perspective, the development of convenient surface functionalization strategies for carbon nanostructures is of paramount importance. Pristine carbon nanostructures display a natural tendency to undergo Diels–Alder reactions with a range of functional dienes and dienophiles without the need of a catalyst. This has sparked significant scientific interest in exploiting the Diels–Alder reaction as a powerful strategy for their synthesis as well as for their subsequent surface functionalization. The present review highlights the remarkable role of Diels–Alder reactions for the synthesis of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene, and its promise as a facile carbon nanostructure functionalization strategy with small molecules and polymer chains. A critical overview of the recent developments evidencing the potential of Diels–Alder reactions as an efficient route to carbon based functional materials is presented.

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The article was received on 14 Feb 2013, accepted on 12 Mar 2013 and first published on 13 Mar 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00232B
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 4072-4086
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    Diels–Alder reactions for carbon material synthesis and surface functionalization

    N. Zydziak, B. Yameen and C. Barner-Kowollik, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 4072
    DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00232B

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