Functionalization of gold-coated carbon nanotubes with self-assembled monolayers of thiolates
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Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition using Co–Fe as a catalyst and ethylene as a carbon source. Afterward, a simple method combining wet-chemistry and chemical reduction was used to prepare carbon nanotube/gold material (CNT/Au). Pristine nanotubes and CNT/Au were characterized by transmission electron microscopy micrographs. It appeared that gold formed nanoparticles on CNTs endings and their sidewalls. Further functionalization was carried out by using thiols of different chemical properties and molecule sizes. Thiols formed self-assembled monolayer on gold surface that led to formation of CNT/gold/thiol-functionalized material. The amounts of chemisorbed thiols were measured by elemental analysis and thermogravimetry.
KeywordsThiol MALDI Thiobarbituric Acid Gold Surface Potassium Hydroxide Solution
Supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant number N 204 028636) in the years 2009–2012.