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pK(a) determination of graphene-like materials: Validating chemical functionalization

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Orth, Elisa S. [1] ; Ferreira, Jose G. L. [1] ; Fonsaca, Jessica E. S. [1] ; Blaskievicz, Sirlon F. [1] ; Domingues, Sergio H. [2] ; Dasgupta, Archi [3, 4] ; Terrones, Mauricio [3, 5, 6, 4] ; Zarbin, Aldo J. G. [1]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Fed Parana UFPR, Dept Chem, CP 19081, BR-81531990 Curitiba, Parana - Brazil
[2] Univ Prebiteriana Mackenzie, Graphene & Nanomat Res Ctr Mackgraphe, Graphene & Nanomat Res Ctr, BR-01302907 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Penn State Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn, University Pk, PA 16802 - USA
[4] Penn State Univ, Dept Chem, University Pk, PA 16802 - USA
[5] Penn State Univ, Ctr Dimens & Layered Mat 2, University Pk, PA 16802 - USA
[6] Penn State Univ, Dept Phys, 104 Davey Lab, University Pk, PA 16802 - USA
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science; v. 467, p. 239-244, APR 1 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 15

We report a novel plCa determination for different graphene-like samples: graphene oxide (GO), reduced GO (rG0), graphene nanoribbons (GNR), oxidized GNR (GONR), thiol- and imidazole-functionalized GO (GOSH and GOIMZ, respectively) and thiol-functionalized GONR (GONRSH). Using the specialized computational program BEST7 for treating titration curves, pK(a)s for different functional groups were discriminated (confirmed by infrared spectra) and their composition quantified. Overall, three equilibria were distinguished, two relative to carboxylic acids exhibiting different acidic degrees (pK(a1) similar to 4.0 and pK(a2)similar to 6.0) and one relative to alcohols (pK(a4)similar to 10.0). Upon functionalization on carboxylate sites, thiol (pK(a)(GOSH/GONRSH) = 6.7) and imidazole (pK(a)(GOIMA) = 6.6) moieties were discerned, followed by a decrease of their carboxylate percentage (compared to the precursors), thus allowing determining the degree of functionalization (48% and 36% of thiol content for GOSH and GONRSH respectively, and 29% of imidazole for GOIMZ). The proposed method is innovative and simpler when compared to the traditional tools usually employed to quantify chemical functionalization. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/50259-8 - Graphene: photonics and opto-electronics: UPM-NUS collaboration
Grantee:Antônio Hélio de Castro Neto
Support type: Research Projects - SPEC Program