Making Graphene More Useful | September 5, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 36 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 89 Issue 36 | p. 13 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 5, 2011

Making Graphene More Useful

ACS Meeting News: Textbook reaction offers customized modification of carbon material’s properties
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: graphene, functionalized graphene, Claisen rearrangement

By applying a classic organic chemistry reaction to graphene, researchers at MIT have come up with a customizable route to covalently modify this ultrathin form of carbon. The work may lead to procedures for attaching various functional groups to graphene and hence altering its chemical and physical properties—a prerequisite to broadening the material’s applications.

The research was led by MIT chemistry professor Timothy M. Swager, who reported on the work last week at the . . .

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