Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes

Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes

The carbon atoms in nanotubes are great at forming covalent bonds with many other types of atoms for several reasons:

These factors make it relatively easy to covalently bond a variety of atoms or molecules to nanotubes, which changes the chemical properties of the nanotube. (This method is called functionalization).


Taking this bonding thing further, if the molecules attached to the carbon nanotubes also attach to carbon fibers, the functionalized carbon nanotubes can bond to the fibers in a composite, producing a stronger material.

Excerpted from Nanotechnology For Dummies (2nd edition), from Wiley Publishing



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