Review Paper

Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 12, Issue 10, pp 1205-1218

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Different strategies for functionalization of diamond surfaces

  • Sabine SzuneritsAffiliated withLaboratoire d’Electrochimie et de Physicochimie des Matériaux et des Interfaces (LEPMI), CNRS-INPG-UJF Email author 
  • , Rabah BoukherroubAffiliated withInsstitut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (IRI), FRE CNRS 2963, Institut d’Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS-8520, Cité Scientifique

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Functionalization of diamond surfaces holds considerable promise from both fundamental and applied research aspects. This review summarizes briefly the state of the art of chemical, photochemical and electrochemical strategies for the grafting of different organic functionalities on diamond. Depending on the sought-after application and the desired physical property of diamond, halogenated, aminated, carboxylated and oxidized diamond surfaces have been proposed. After a brief introduction, the review is primarily divided into two parts, presenting chemical functionalisation strategies used on oxygen-terminated diamond, followed by methods used for the formation of C–C, C–X and C–N bonds on hydrogen-terminated diamond.


Hydrogen-terminated diamond Oxidized diamond Surface functionalization Biomolecule immobilization Characterization