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Oxygen hole doping of nanodiamond

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Surface-graphitized nanodiamonds (NDs) are promising hybrid nanomaterials which appear to combine core properties of diamond with surface properties of graphene-based materials. Here we demonstrate that NDs covered by graphene islands, so-called Fullerene-Like Reconstructions (FLRs), are sensitive to hole doping by molecular oxygen in water. NDs covered by FLRs (NDs-FLRs) are prepared by annealing under vacuum of detonation NDs at 750 °C. We propose that oxygen hole doping is promoted on FLRs due to a unique electronic interaction between the diamond core and the outer graphene layer. As a consequence, NDs-FLRs exhibit positive zeta potential in water, unlike NDs surrounded by several graphitic layers. Surface hole-doped NDs may be promising nanomaterials for new electronic and biomedical applications.

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The article was received on 28 Jun 2012, accepted on 28 Aug 2012 and first published on 31 Aug 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR31655B
Nanoscale, 2012,4, 6792-6799

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    Oxygen hole doping of nanodiamond

    T. Petit, J. Arnault, H. A. Girard, M. Sennour, T. Kang, C. Cheng and P. Bergonzo, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 6792
    DOI: 10.1039/C2NR31655B

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