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A general strategy for synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles attached on carbon nanomaterials

Yi Zhao, Jiaxin Li, Chuxin Wu and Lunhui Guan*

Author Affiliations

State Key Lab of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, YangQiao West Road 155#, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002, P. R. China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:71  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-71

Published: 12 January 2011

Abstract

We report a general strategy for synthesis of a large variety of metal oxide nanoparticles on different carbon nanomaterials (CNMs), including single-walled carbon nanotubes, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, and a few-layer graphene. The approach was based on the π-π interaction between CNMs and modified aromatic organic ligands, which acted as bridges connecting metal ions and CNMs. Our methods can be applicable for a large variety of metal ions, thus offering a great potential application.