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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • cycloaddition;
  • dispersion;
  • functionalization;
  • nanostructures

Abstract

Controlled functionalization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) through the use of cycloaddition reactions is described. By employing various cycloaddition reactions, a wide range of molecules could be coupled onto CNTs without disruption of the structural integrity as well as with a statistical distribution of functional groups onto the surface of the CNTs. The cycloaddition reactions represent an effective and tailored approach for preparing CNT-based advanced hybrid materials that would be useful for a wide range of applications from nanobiotechnology to nanoelectronics.