A new polythiophene-driven coating method on an inorganic INT/IF-WS2 nanomaterial surface

D. Raichman, R. Ben-Shabat Binyamini, J. P. Lellouche

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Inorganic nanotubes and fullerene nanoparticles of tungsten disulfide (INTs-WS2 and IFs-WS2, respectively) are practically inert, hindering their usefulness in both research and commercial applications. The covalent attachment of functional species onto the surface of INTs-WS2 is a critical first step in realizing the potential that INTs-WS2 offer for producing high performance materials, systems, and products. In our previous work, we developed a unique and versatile method for functionalizing carboxylic groups on the nanotubes' surface. In this current research, we have developed a functionalization method via the Vilsmeier-Haack reaction using 2,2′-bisthiophene-4-carboxaldehyde and POCl3 as chemically reactive reagents. These coatings should improve the electro-conductivity and mechanical properties of both INTs-WS2 and IFs-WS2 inorganic nanomaterials. Using a bithiophene linker allowed us to polymerize any substituted thiophene monomer such as 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) and 3-thiophene acetic acid (TAA) among others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4490-4504
Number of pages15
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016

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