Method to Functionalize CNT and Graphene Surfaces

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Depiction of a battery comprising disclosed supramolecular structures non-covalently attached to a CNT or a graphene comprising structure between a pair of electrodes, according to a disclosed embodiment, where the supramolecular structures in the battery function as the anode
Lei Zhai, Ph.D.
Anindarupa Chunder
Jianhua Liu
Jianhua Zou
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Supramolecular structures comprising at least partially conjugated polymers attached to carbon nanotubes or graphenes

US Patent 8,613,898 B2

Method of forming composite materials including conjugated materials attached to carbon nanotubes or graphenes

US Patent 8,790,610 B2

Especially for the fabrication of electronic devices

Two carbon allotropes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene, have valuable mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. The lack of a simple and versatile system to disperse and functionalize CNTs and graphene for commercial use often prevents these valuable properties from being utilized in the fabrication of various electronic devices.

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UCF researchers have developed a method to functionalize CNTs and graphene, while maintaining valuable mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties, by non-covalently attaching (at least partially conjugated) polymers to CNTs or graphene structure. Functionalized CNTs and graphene can then be used in the fabrication of various electronic devices such as sensors, energy storing devices, and field effect transistors (FETs). For example, the efficiency of CNT FET devices with polymer supramolecular structures is 100 times higher than that of standard polymer thin film FETs. This technology describes a new nanomaterial containing: 1. at least one CNT or graphene structure with an outer surface, and 2. a large number of crystalline polymer supramolecular structures (including a conjugated polymer) which are non-covalently secured to the outer surface of the CNTs or graphene structure. The supramolecular structures of crystalline polymers look like tentacles protruding from the outer surface of the CNTs or graphene structure.


Retains electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties Simple and versatile fabrication system Ability to manipulate material properties Improved electronic device characteristics with higher mobility of charge carriers


  • Nanoelectronics and electronic devices such as:
    • Sensors
    • Organic field effect transistors (FET)
    • PV cells
    • Biomolecular imaging and detection
  • Energy storage devices such as:
    • Fuel cells
    • Batteries
    • Super capacitors, etc.

Additional Technology Numbers: 32839