7. Noncovalent Functionalization of Graphene

  1. Vasilios Georgakilas
  1. Kingsley Christian Kemp1,
  2. Yeonchoo Cho1,2,
  3. Vimlesh Chandra1,2 and
  4. Kwang Soo Kim1

Published Online: 21 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9783527672790.ch7

Functionalization Of Graphene

Functionalization Of Graphene

How to Cite

Christian Kemp, K., Cho, Y., Chandra, V. and Kim, K. S. (2014) Noncovalent Functionalization of Graphene, in Functionalization Of Graphene (ed V. Georgakilas), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527672790.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of Patras, Department of Material Science, University Campus, 26504 Rio, Greece

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pohang University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Center for Superfunctional Materials, San 31, Hyojadong, Namgu, Pohang, 790-784, Korea

  2. 2

    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, School of Nano-Bioscience and Chemical Engineering, UNIST-gil 50, Ulsan 689-798, Republic of Korea

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527335510

Online ISBN: 9783527672790



  • noncovalent interaction;
  • functionalization;
  • graphene;
  • reduced graphene oxide;
  • π-interaction;
  • adsorption


This chapter deals with the theoretical and experimental aspects of noncovalent functionalization of graphene. Theoretical models of graphene can be built up using simple aromatic molecules. Theoretical calculations show that the proposed π–π/anion/cation interaction models can accurately predict adsorption and other experimentally verified data in graphene. Experimental studies have shown that graphene can be functionalized using biomolecules, polymers, and polycyclic aromatics. These functionalizations can significantly alter the electronic and optical properties of pristine graphene. These functionalizations should allow graphene to be used in the computing industry by introduction of a band gap.