Catalyst-free 'click chemistry' of zinc oxide surfaces

Charlotte Evans, Thomas Brenner, Gang Chen, Reuben T. Collins & Thomas E. Furtak
Click chemistry' describes reactions that can modify the surface functionality of a material simply and quickly by joining small molecules together. In this research, a five step process was developed involving the surface modification of zinc oxide surfaces with propiolic acid and 'clicking' with azidobenzene or 1-azido-4-fluorobenzene without the use of a catalyst. This process successfully modified the surface as determined by water contact angle, AFM imaging, absorption spectra, and PM IRRAS measurements.
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