FUNCTIONALIZING FOR THE FUTURE.
In general, functionalization of carbon with different groups like oxygen, carboxyl, amine, amide and fluorine can drastically change the surface properties of graphite. Normally, graphite, due to its hydrophobic and inert nature, is difficult to disperse and bond. Adding free radicals to the surface of the carbons can:
- exfoliate sheets.
- enhance particle segregation.
- improve dispersions.
- enable tailored interactions.
„Functionalization“: high energy electrons generated in the plasma can „split“ or disassociate molecules into their components. These charged particles readily bond with a surface.