Michael M Lerner

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Covalent functionalization of pristine graphene poses considerable challenges due to the lack of reactive functional groups. Herein, we report a simple and general method to covalently functionalize pristine graphene with well-defined chemical functionalities. It is a solution-based process where solvent-exfoliated graphene was treated with(More)
Magnesiothermic reduction can directly convert SiO2 into Si nanostructures. Despite intense efforts, efficient fabrication of highly nanoporous silicon by Mg still remains a significant challenge due to the exothermic reaction nature. By employing table salt (NaCl) as a heat scavenger for the magnesiothermic reduction, we demonstrate an effective route to(More)
Producing large-scale graphene films with controllable patterns is an essential component of graphene-based nanodevice fabrication. Current methods of graphene pattern preparation involve either high cost, low throughput patterning processes or sophisticated instruments, hindering their large-scale fabrication and practical applications. We report a simple,(More)
Polymer-inorganic nanocomposites are a recently developed class of materials that have altered physical or chemical properties with respect to the pure polymer, inorganic host, or their micro- and macrocomposites. Lower generation (G0.0-2.0) polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer/sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT) nanocomposites were synthesized in a solution-phase(More)
A series of ternary graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) of alkali metal cations (M = Li, Na, K) and diamines [EN (ethylenediamine), 12DAP (1,2-diaminopropane), and DMEDA (N,N-dimethylethylenediamine)] are reported. These include stage 1 and 2 M-EN-GIC (M = Li, d(i) = 0.68-0.84 nm; M = Na, d(i) = 0.68 nm), stage 2 Li-12DAP-GIC (d(i) = 0.83 nm), and stage(More)
Layered host-polymer nanocomposites comprising polymeric guests between inorganic sheets have been prepared with many inorganic hosts, but there is limited evidence for the incorporation of polymeric guests into graphite. Here we report for the first time the preparation, and structural and compositional characterization of graphite intercalation compounds(More)
Crown ethers are well established as cointercalates in many layered hosts, but there are no reports of crown ethers incorporated into graphite. Here, we describe the preparation of the first graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) containing crown ethers. These GICs are obtained either by reductive intercalation of an alkali metal-amine complex followed by(More)
We report that crystalline 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA), an organic solid, is highly amenable to host divalent metal ions, i.e., Mg2+ and Ca2+, in aqueous electrolytes, where the van der Waals structure is intrinsically superior in hosting charge-dense ions. We observe that the divalent nature of Mg2+ causes unique squeezing(More)
Graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) of a series of symmetric or asymmetric tetraalkylammonium (TAA) intercalates are obtained from stage-1 [Na(en)1.0]C15 via cation exchange. The prepared dull-black TAA-GICs contain either flattened monolayer or bilayer galleries, with significant cointercalation of the dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) solvent in the bilayer(More)
The intercalation of tetrabutylammonium (TBA) cations into graphite by cation exchange from a sodium-ethylenediamine graphite intercalation compound yields a single-phase first-stage product, C(44)TBA, with a gallery expansion of 0.47 nm. The gallery dimension requires an anisotropic "flattened" cation conformation.
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