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Reaction of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Organic Peroxides

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posted on 24.01.2008, 00:00 by Paul S. Engel, Wilbur E. Billups, David W. Abmayr, Konstantin Tsvaygboym, Runtang Wang
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) induce the decomposition of four diacyl peroxides by single electron transfer (SET). Phthaloyl peroxide functionalizes SWNTs to the greatest extent of the four. It was also found that t-butoxy radicals add to SWNTs but that SWNTs fail to inhibit cumene autoxidation. Thus, SWNTs are reactive to alkoxy radicals but not to alkylperoxy radicals.