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Improved non-covalent biofunctionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes using carbohydrate amphiphiles with a butterfly-like polyaromatic tail

AuthorsAssali, Mohyeddin ; Pernía Leal, Manuel; Fernández Fernández, Inmaculada; Romero-Gómez, Pablo ; Baati, Rachid; Khiar el Wahabi, Noureddine
KeywordsCarbon nanotubes
Non-covalent functionalization
Click chemistry
Biocompatible system
Issue Date2010
Tsinghua University Press
CitationNano Research 3(11): 764-778 (2010)
AbstractWe have developed an efficient strategy for the non-covalent functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) which allows a biomimetic presentation of carbohydrates on their surface by π-π stacking interactions. The strategy is based on the use of sugar-based amphiphiles functionalized with tetrabenzo[a,c,g,i]fluorene (Tbf), a polyaromatic compound with a topology that resembles a butterfly with open wings. The new carbohydrate-tethered Tbf amphiphiles have been synthesized in a straightforward manner using click chemistry. The reported method has been developed in order to improve the rather low ability of pyrene-based systems to exfoliate MWCNTs in water. By means of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR), and fluorescence spectroscopies the interaction between MWCNTs and the Tbf group has been found to be stronger than those involving pyrene-based amphiphilic carbohydrates. The resulting aggregates with a multivalent sugar exposition on their surface are able to engage in specific ligand-lectin interactions similar to glycoconjugates on a cell membrane.
Description15 páginas, 8 figuras, 1 tabla, 3 esquemas.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12274-010-0044-2
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