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Enabling Graphene-based Technology Via Chemical Functionalization


May 18, 2009

News thumbnail Graphene has attracted significant attention due to its potential use in high-performance electronics, sensors and alternative energy devices such as solar cells. While the physics of graphene has been thoroughly explored, chemical functionalization of graphene has proven to be elusive. Now Northwestern University researchers have identified conditions for chemically functionalizing graphene with the organic semiconductor perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride.  Full Story

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