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Keywords:

  • boron;
  • functionalization;
  • nanotubes;
  • oxidization;
  • polymeric composites
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Functionalizing nanotubes: An easy method is developed to functionalize boron nitride nanotubes. Hydrogen peroxide is used to oxidize the surface of pristine BN nanotubes to get hydroxylated BN nanotubes, which are chemically active for further functionalization. The Figure shows hydroxylated BN nanotubes can be well dispersed in water (left), while pristine BN nanotubes are hydrophobic (right).