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Noncovalent Chiral Functionalization of Graphene with Optically Active Helical Polymers

Authors

  • Chonglei Ren,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
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  • Yu Chen,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
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  • Haiyang Zhang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
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  • Jianping Deng

    Corresponding author
    • State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
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E-mail: dengjp@mail.buct.edu.cn

Abstract

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Optically active helical substituted (co)polyacetylenes containing pendent pyrene groups are prepared and then noncovalently immobilized on graphene via ππ interactions. The resulting graphene composite is characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, circular dichroism, UV-vis absorption, TEM, TGA, and fluorescent spectroscopy techniques. The helical polyacetylene endows graphene with the desired optical activity. Also interestingly, the dispersibility of the functionalized graphene in tetrahydrofuran is remarkably improved due to the presence of the helical polymer chains. The present methodology opens new opportunities and serves as a versatile platform toward preparing novel graphene-based materials.
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