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The Potential of Perylene Bisimide Derivatives for the Solubilization of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

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  • Claudia Backes,

    1. Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dr. Mack Str. 81, 90762 Fuerth, Germany
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  • Frank Hauke,

    1. Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dr. Mack Str. 81, 90762 Fuerth, Germany
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  • Andreas Hirsch

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Henkestraße 42, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
    2. Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dr. Mack Str. 81, 90762 Fuerth, Germany
    • Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Henkestraße 42, 91054 Erlangen, Germany.
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Abstract

Carbon nanotubes and graphene are outstanding materials of the 21st century with a broad spectrum of applications. However, major challenges are faced such as the intrinsically low solubility of both sp2 carbon allotropes. To overcome this hurdle the potential of noncovalent functionalization is summarized with a special focus on the establishment of the perylene bisimide unit as aromatic anchor to the graphitic surface. Rational surfactant design is unmasked as the key to solubilization of the carbon allotropes, while at the same time tailoring their surface properties, or even electronic properties in a fully reversible fashion.

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