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Home > Research > Functionalization of Carbonaceous Solids & Advanced Materials Chemistry

Functionalization of Carbonaceous Solids
& Advanced Materials Chemistry

- Carbon does not stop amazing us - again and again. For many years, elemental carbon, found in sp2 bonded graphite or sp3 bonded diamond, was believed to be well understood. The complexity and importance of organic chemistry reflects the fact that chemically functionalized carbon, often forming sp bonded chains, dominates our world, disguised as clothing, medication, or gasoline. Without carbon, the key player in molecular biology, our life would be different, or not exist in its complexity. The picture emerging from findings across different disciplines suggests that form determines function.

- Carbon is a real champion, with its layered sp2 allotrope being as stable as the sp3 bonded crystalline diamond and, even without functional groups, almost as stable in sp bonded chains. In addition, the design and synthesis of new materials (conjugated materials) is a major focus of research in our group as well.

- Our research in this area focuses on the preparation of solution proceesable carbonaceous solids (fullerenes, graphite materials, and etc.) via chemical functionalization on the theirs surface. Besides, currently, we are emphasizing various chemistry of materials.