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Effect of Covalent Bonding on the Electronic Structure and Properties of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

Seminar Group: 


Professor Robert C. Haddon


Department of Chemistry and Chemical & Environmental Engineering
University of California, Riverside


Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4:00pm


Elings 1605


Professor Fred Wudl

We have demonstrated the functionalization of epitaxial graphene with nitrophenyl groups and by the application of the Kolbe reaction.  The chemical formation of covalent carbon-carbon bonds involving the basal plane carbon atoms offers an alternative approach to the control of the electronic properties of graphene; the transformation of the carbon centers from sp2 to sp3 introduces a barrier to electron flow by saturating the carbon atoms and opening a band gap which potentially allows the generation of insulating, semiconducting and magnetic regions in graphene wafers.  This raises the question of the role of covalent bonding in the interconnection of graphitic surfaces and the prospects for the use of such bonds in electronically conjugating neighboring carbon nanotube and graphene surfaces without saturating and destructively rehybridizing the carbon atoms at the point of attachment. In this talk I will discuss our recent results on the covalent modification of the electronic structure and properties of graphene, and the application of organometallic chemistry to facilitate the interconnection of single-walled carbon nanotubes and increase the dimensionality of graphitic surfaces.