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Mechanochemically driven solid-state Diels-Alder ...

posted by Nicholas Kamar E-mail, Michigan State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 07.10.2014, 08:36

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Mechanochemically driven solid-state Diels-Alder reaction of graphite into graphene nanoplatelets

Jeong-Min Seo [1], In-Yup Jeon [1] and Jong-Beom Baek [1]
[1] Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy/Low-Dimensional Carbon Materials Center, 100 Banyeon, Ulsan689-798, South Korea

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Chemical Science 4, 4273 (2013)

DOI: 10.1039/c3sc51546j

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In a Diels-Alder reaction, a diene and dienophile will together undergo electron rearrangement in order to form a cyclic structure. This classic organic chemistry reaction has been studied for functionalization of graphene. It has been shown that graphene can act as both diene and dienophile. In this paper, the authors show that graphene can act as a diene in the presence of maleic anhydride or maleic amide under reactive ball milling. Interestingly, the reaction is shown to be edge-selective and improves the dispersion of graphene in polar organic solvents and in the case of maleic amide, in aqueous environments as well.

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