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Title: On the possibility of electrochemical unzipping of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to produce graphene nanoribbons

Abstract

Highlights: • MWCNTs synthesized and electrochemically oxidized to study the formation of GNR • HRTEM, Raman and XPS confirmed no successful unzipping occurred after oxidation • Electrochemical oxidation very unlikely facilitate formation of intercalated MWCNTs - Abstract: Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with different geometrical characteristics and chemical doping have been synthesized and electrochemically oxidized to study the possibility of unzipping, and creating graphene nanoribbon (GNR) nanostructures. Modified glassy carbon electrodes of the MWCNTs have been tested in an aqueous electrolyte via anodic scans in a wide range of potentials, followed by keeping at the maximum potential for different times. The microstructural features, structural defects, and functional groups and their elements have been then studied using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. All results have confirmed that no successful unzipping occurs in the MWCNTs after electrochemical oxidation, even for the nitrogen-doped MWCNTs (CN{sub x}-MWCNTs) with reactive nitrogen groups and defective bamboo structures. In contrast to the report by Shinde et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 4168–4171), it has been concluded that the electrochemical oxidation in aqueous electrolytes is very unlikely to facilitate sufficient incorporation of the intercalated molecules among the wallsmore » of the MWCNTs. These molecules are, however, responsible for unzipping of MWCNTs.« less

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OSTI Identifier:
22581600
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 80; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2016 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CARBON NANOTUBES; CARBON NITRIDES; CLATHRATES; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; CRYSTALS; DOPED MATERIALS; ELECTROCHEMISTRY; GRAPHENE; MICROSTRUCTURE; NITROGEN; OXIDATION; RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY

Citation Formats

Zehtab Yazdi, Alireza, Roberts, Edward P.L., and Sundararaj, Uttandaraman, E-mail: u.sundararaj@ucalgary.ca. On the possibility of electrochemical unzipping of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to produce graphene nanoribbons. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/J.MATERRESBULL.2016.04.001.
Zehtab Yazdi, Alireza, Roberts, Edward P.L., & Sundararaj, Uttandaraman, E-mail: u.sundararaj@ucalgary.ca. On the possibility of electrochemical unzipping of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to produce graphene nanoribbons. United States. doi:10.1016/J.MATERRESBULL.2016.04.001.
Zehtab Yazdi, Alireza, Roberts, Edward P.L., and Sundararaj, Uttandaraman, E-mail: u.sundararaj@ucalgary.ca. 2016. "On the possibility of electrochemical unzipping of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to produce graphene nanoribbons". United States. doi:10.1016/J.MATERRESBULL.2016.04.001.
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title = {On the possibility of electrochemical unzipping of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to produce graphene nanoribbons},
author = {Zehtab Yazdi, Alireza and Roberts, Edward P.L. and Sundararaj, Uttandaraman, E-mail: u.sundararaj@ucalgary.ca},
abstractNote = {Highlights: • MWCNTs synthesized and electrochemically oxidized to study the formation of GNR • HRTEM, Raman and XPS confirmed no successful unzipping occurred after oxidation • Electrochemical oxidation very unlikely facilitate formation of intercalated MWCNTs - Abstract: Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with different geometrical characteristics and chemical doping have been synthesized and electrochemically oxidized to study the possibility of unzipping, and creating graphene nanoribbon (GNR) nanostructures. Modified glassy carbon electrodes of the MWCNTs have been tested in an aqueous electrolyte via anodic scans in a wide range of potentials, followed by keeping at the maximum potential for different times. The microstructural features, structural defects, and functional groups and their elements have been then studied using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. All results have confirmed that no successful unzipping occurs in the MWCNTs after electrochemical oxidation, even for the nitrogen-doped MWCNTs (CN{sub x}-MWCNTs) with reactive nitrogen groups and defective bamboo structures. In contrast to the report by Shinde et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 4168–4171), it has been concluded that the electrochemical oxidation in aqueous electrolytes is very unlikely to facilitate sufficient incorporation of the intercalated molecules among the walls of the MWCNTs. These molecules are, however, responsible for unzipping of MWCNTs.},
doi = {10.1016/J.MATERRESBULL.2016.04.001},
journal = {Materials Research Bulletin},
number = ,
volume = 80,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 8
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  • We report a novel physicochemical route to produce highly crystalline nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons. The technique consists of an abrupt N2 gas expansion within the hollow core of nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNx-MWNTs) when exposed to a fast thermal shock. The multiwalled nanotube unzipping mechanism is rationalized using molecular dynamics and density functional theory simulations, which highlight the importance of open-ended nanotubes in promoting the efficient introduction of N2 molecules by capillary action within tubes and surface defects, thus triggering an efficient and atomically smooth unzipping. The so-produced nanoribbons could be few-layered (from graphene bilayer onward) and could exhibit both crystallinemore » zigzag and armchair edges. In contrast to methods developed previously, our technique presents various advantages: (1) the tubes are not heavily oxidized; (2) the method yields sharp atomic edges within the resulting nanoribbons; (3) the technique could be scaled up for the bulk production of crystalline nanoribbons from available MWNT sources; and (4) this route could eventually be used to unzip other types of carbon nanotubes or intercalated layered materials such as BN, MoS2, WS2, etc.« less
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  • This paper presents an experimental investigation on AC conductivity and dielectric behavior of carbon black reinforced high density polyethylene (HDPE-CB) and HDPE-CB filled with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs-CB-HDPE) and Polyaniline (PAni) coated MWNTs-CB-HDPE nanocomposites. The electrical properties such as dielectric constant ({epsilon}'), dissipation factor (tan {delta}) and AC conductivity ({sigma}{sub ac}) of nanocomposites have been measured with reference to the weight fraction (0.5 and 1 wt% MWNTs), frequency (75 KHz-30 MHz), temperature (25-90 deg. C) and sea water ageing. The experimental results showed that the increased AC conductivity and dielectric constant of the nanocomposites were influenced by PAni coated MWNTsmore » in HDPE-CB nanocomposites. The value of dielectric constant and tan {delta} decreased with increasing frequency. Further more, above 5 MHz the AC conductivity increases drastically whereas significant effect on tan {delta} was observed in less than 1 MHz.« less