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Knitting an oxygenated network-coat on carbon nanotubes from biomass and their applications in catalysis

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In this work, we presented a new way for the functionalization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with the use of biomass as starting materials and introduced a novel concept of knitting process in the chemistry of CNTs for the first time. A mixture of aromatic compounds obtained from the hydrothermal treatment of biomass, rather than the traditional polymer monomers, was used as the nanoscale building blocks to knit an oxygenated network-coat on the CNTs layer-by-layer. It is an effective, mild, green and easily-controlled method for the functionalization of CNTs. The obtained f-CNTs were proved to be a promising catalyst support for metal catalysts, such as Ru/f-CNTs, showed high activity and selectivity for the hydrogenation of citral to unsaturated alcohol. More importantly, we opened a pioneering way for the conversion of low-cost, abundant and renewable biomass into a hydrophilic/chemical reactive network-coat on the inert surface of a wide range of sp2carbon materials, such as prevalent fullerene, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanohorns and hot grapheneetc.

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The article was received on 07 Mar 2011, accepted on 04 May 2011 and first published on 17 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM10989H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 10929-10934
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    Knitting an oxygenated network-coat on carbon nanotubes from biomass and their applications in catalysis

    J. Ming, R. Liu, G. Liang, H. Cheng, Y. Yu and F. Zhao, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 10929
    DOI: 10.1039/C1JM10989H

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