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Facile approach to prepare multi-walled carbon nanotubes/graphene nanoplatelets hybrid materials

Yuchen Jia, Kejing Yu* and Kun Qian

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Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:243  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-243

Published: 16 May 2013

Abstract

A facile approach was developed to prepare multi-walled carbon nanotubes/graphene nanoplatelets hybrid materials through covalent bond formation. First, poly(acryloyl chloride) was grafted onto oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes through the reaction between the acyl chloride groups of poly and the hydroxyl groups of oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Second, the remaining acyl chloride groups of poly were allowed to react with the hydroxyl groups of hydroxylated graphene nanoplatelets. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy data showed that the multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoplatelets were effectively connected with each other. And Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy data indicated the formation of covalent bonds between carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoplatelets. Conformational changes were monitored by Raman spectroscopy. This novel kind of carbon hybrid materials may have the potential application in a wide field, especially in increasing the toughness and strength of the matrix resin.

Keywords:
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes; Graphene; Hybrid materials; Poly(acryloyl chloride); Microstructure