(Invited) Microfluidic Wet Chemical Functionalization of Graphene

Wednesday, 27 May 2015: 11:20
Lake Ontario (Hilton Chicago)
M. Maggini, S. Silvestrini, E. Menna, H. Lobo, T. Carofiglio, C. De Filippo, and N. Vicentini (University of Padova)
Microfluidics is a powerful tool for the smart management of chemical reactions. It has been shown that the flow chemistry approach allows for precise control over process parameters, ease of optimization and even simplified scale-up from lab-scale to production modules. These features come in especially handy when dealing with complex systems, where reagents are not molecular in nature. Such is the case of many materials, like metal nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and graphene, whose chemical functionalization represents a way to produce nano-sized components for a wide range of applications. After our previous experience with the development of flow chemistry method for the functionalization of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, we have extended our study to graphene-like materials. In the presentation we will propose a general method to control the functionalization of graphene materials, as a mean to prepare derivatives with tailored properties.