Friedel-crafts acylation on graphene

Chun Kiang Chua, Martin Pumera

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There is an excitement around graphene as a promising new material for nanotechnological and nanoarchitectonic applications. Despite the low chemical reactivity of graphene, chemical functionalization remains a prominent and viable solution to tailor its chemical, physical, and electronic properties. Herein, we report the covalent functionalization of reduced graphene oxide through Friedel-Crafts reactions under mild conditions of polyphosphoric-acid/ phosphorus-pentoxide and 4-aminobenzoic acid. Successful functionalization was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy. The success of the Friedel-Crafts reaction provides an important expansion of the synthetic "toolbox" for future modifications of graphene towards the specific needs of different applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1012
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - An Asian Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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