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Understanding and controlling the covalent functionalisation of graphene

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Chemical functionalisation is one of the most active areas of graphene research, motivated by fundamental science, the opportunities to adjust or supplement intrinsic properties, and the need to assemble materials for a broad array of applications. Historically, the primary consideration has been the degree of functionalisation but there is growing interest in understanding how and where modification occurs. Reactions may proceed preferentially at edges, defects, or on graphitic faces; they may be correlated, uncorrelated, or anti-correlated with previously grafted sites. A detailed collation of existing literature data indicates that steric effects play a strong role in limiting the extent of reaction. However, the pattern of functionalisation may have important effects on the resulting properties. This article addresses the unifying principles of current graphene functionalisation technologies, with emphasis on understanding and controlling the locus of functionalisation.

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Submitted
01 May 2020
Accepted
29 Jun 2020
First published
30 Jun 2020

This article is Open Access

Dalton Trans., 2020,49, 10308-10318
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Frontier

Understanding and controlling the covalent functionalisation of graphene

A. J. Clancy, H. Au, N. Rubio, G. O. Coulter and M. S. P. Shaffer, Dalton Trans., 2020, 49, 10308
DOI: 10.1039/D0DT01589J

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