Josep Puigmartí-Luis

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Control over the functionalization of graphenic materials is key to enable their full application in electronic and optical technologies. Covalent functionalization strategies have been proposed as an approach to tailor the interfaces’ structure and properties. However, to date, none of the proposed methods allow for a covalent functionalization with control over the grafting density, layer thickness and/or morphology, which are key aspects for fine-tuning the processability and performance of graphenic materials. Here, we show that the no-slip boundary condition at the walls of a continuous flow microfluidic device offers a way to generate controlled chemical gradients onto a graphenic material with 2D and 3D control, a possibility that will allow the sophisticated functionalization of these technologically-relevant materials.

  • Reference:
    – Xia Y, Sevim S, Vale JP et al. ‘Covalent transfer of chemical gradients onto a graphenic surface with 2D and 3D control’. Nat Commun 13, 7006.
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