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Noncovalent Interaction with Graphene Oxide: The Crucial Role of Oxidative Debris

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Coluci, Vitor R. [1] ; Martinez, Diego Stefani T. [2] ; Honorio, Jaqueline G. [1] ; de Faria, Andreia F. [2] ; Morales, Daniel A. [1] ; Skaf, Munir S. [3] ; Alves, Oswaldo L. [2] ; Umbuzeiro, Gisela A. [1]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Sch Technol, BR-13484332 Limeira, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Chem, Solid State Chem Lab, BR-13081970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Chem, BR-13084862 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physical Chemistry C; v. 118, n. 4, p. 2187-2193, JAN 30 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 36

Graphene oxide (GO) is a very promising material because it is easy to process, water-soluble, and chemically versatile due to the presence of oxygenated groups on its surface. GO has been used in different areas such as electronics, biosensing, and environmental remediation. To design efficient materials, especially for biosensing and for remediating pollutants, the knowledge of surface noncovalent interaction and functionalization is crucial. Recently, it has been suggested revisions on the structural models of GO because the presence of highly oxidized polyaromatic carboxylated fragments (oxidative debris) on the GO surfaces. These debris are produced during acid treatments commonly employed in GO synthesis and purification. Here we applied chemical analysis, bioassays, and atomistic simulations to study the influence of oxidative debris on the noncovalent interaction of GO sheets with an important organic pollutant (e.g., 1-nitropyrene). GO samples without oxidative debris were found to be 75% more effective to adsorb 1-nitropyrene than samples with debris. Our results suggest that small (similar to 1 nm) oxidative debris are responsible for preventing adsorption sites on GO surfaces from being reached by potentially adsorbate molecules. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/13640-8 - Influence of surface debris in the adsorption of environmental pollutants on graphene oxide
Grantee:Vitor Rafael Coluci
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/50646-6 - High performance computing applied in interdisciplinary problems
Grantee:Vitor Rafael Coluci
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants