Personal web page : http://iramis.cea.fr/Pisp/stephane.campidelli/
Laboratory link : http://iramis.cea.fr/nimbe/licsen/
The aim of this project is the development of new functional carbon nanotubes and graphene derivatives. So far, functionalization of carbon-based nano-objects is based either on the covalent grafting or on the non-covalent adsorption of molecules on the nanotube/graphene surfaces. It is well established that the covalent grafting of molecules give rise to robust conjugates since the nano-objects and the addends are linked through covalent bonds; however, the transformation of carbon atoms hybridized sp2 into sp3 in the nanotube framework induces a sizeable loss of their electronic properties. On the contrary, the non-covalent functionalization permits to better preserve the electronic properties of the nanotubes. So, for a number of applications, the non-covalent functionalization should be preferred. However, this approach suffers from a major drawback which is the lack of stability of the resulting assemblies. Indeed, molecules adsorbed onto the nanotube sidewall can desorb, more or less easily, when for example the solvent changes or the nanotubes are filtered and redispersed.
Recently we developed a method combining most advantages of these two techniques without their major drawbacks. From the applicative point of view, this method can be used to create new carbon-based nanomaterials for photovoltaic, catalytic and electronic applications.