Issue 48, 2015

One-step grafting of polymers to graphene oxide


The direct grafting of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) to the basal plane of graphene oxide has been achieved in a single step: cleavage of the terminal thiocarbonylthio group on RAFT grown poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) reveals a reactive thiol that attacks the epoxides present across the surface of graphene oxide. The new composite material was characterised by a combination of SSNMR, FTIR, Raman, EDX, XPS, TGA and contact angle measurement; it shows enhanced thermal stability and solubility in water.

Graphical abstract: One-step grafting of polymers to graphene oxide

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25 Aug 2015
06 Oct 2015
First published
06 Oct 2015
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Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 8270-8274

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One-step grafting of polymers to graphene oxide

H. R. Thomas, D. J. Phillips, N. R. Wilson, M. I. Gibson and J. P. Rourke, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 8270 DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01358E

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