Introduction of sulfur to graphene oxide by Friedel-Crafts reaction

Ondřej Jankovský, Michal Lojka, Jan Luxa, David Sedmidubský, Martin Pumera, Zdeněk Sofer

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Chemically modified graphene oxides have been intensively studied in the last decade. The introduction of heteroatoms is usually not well controlled and several different functionalities are formed. In this paper we introduced dithiocarboxylic acid on the graphene oxide by its reaction with carbon disulfide as a solvent and reagent and aluminum chloride as Friedel-Crafts catalyst. The presence of sulfur introduced into graphene was detected by elemental combustion analysis as well as by electron microprobe and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sulfur decorated graphene was applied for binding of gold nanoparticles to the graphene skeleton. Dithiocarboxylic acids are dominantly present on the edges and defect sites and have significant influence on electrocatalytic activity. These findings are highly important for applications of graphene derivatives in electrocatalysis. Dithiocarboxylic acid functionalities can be applied for coordination of transition metals as well as starting functional groups for further controlled modification of graphene and its derivatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The project was supported by Czech Science Foundation (GACR No. 15-09001S) and by Specific University Research (MSMT No. 20-SVV/2017). This work was created with the financial support of the Neuron Foundation for science support. This work was supported by the project Advanced Functional Nanorobots (reg. No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000444 financed by the EFRR).

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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