Owing to its favorable solution processability, the development of a stable dispersion of two-dimensional (2D) boron nitride (BN) has received significant attention for cutting-edge optic/electronic applications. Herein, we report an efficient method to disperse BN nanosheets (BNNSs) in polar solvents via dual noncovalent interactions using pyrene-tethered poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP-Py). As a dispersion agent, P4VP-Py enables bifunctionalization with BNNS through π-πand Lewis acid-base interactions arising from the pyrene and pyridine moiety, respectively, resulting in highly stable BNNS dispersions in different polar solvents. The blend of P4VP-Py-functionalized BNNS with the pristine P4VP matrix resulted in increased thermal conductivity and dielectric constant combined with superior thermal stability by forming a compatible interface between the P4VP-Py matrix and the BNNS adjacent to the P4VP-Py. We demonstrated that dual noncovalent functionalization of BNNSs based on molecular design presents a strategy to achieve high dispersion of 2D materials into various media, ranging from polar solvents to solid matrices, for the expansion of advanced optic/electronic applications using BNNSs.
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This work was supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE, Korea) under the Industrial Technology Innovation Program (No. 10063274). This work was also supported by the Creative Materials Discovery Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (2018M3D1A1058536). This work was partially supported by the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) primary research program (No. 20A01059).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)