In this paper, a simple and powerful method of producing nanoparticle-anchored graphene oxide (GO) composites using a ‘click’ reaction is demonstrated. This method affords a facile means of anchoring of nanoparticles with various shapes and sizes on the GO. CuPt nanorods with controlled size, aspect ratio (from 1 to 11), and uniformity are synthesized. Transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements are made to monitor the formation and characterize the properties of the CuPt nanorod-grafted GO composites. Their catalytic properties in the water phase are investigated using an o-phenylenediamine oxidation reaction. The results of this study clearly demonstrate that nonpolar CuPt nanorods immobilized on GO can function as a catalyst in an aqueous solution and that GO can be used as a catalytic nanorod support.
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