Chemical Papers

, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 239–248 | Cite as

Non-standard ROS-generating combination “theraphthal–ascorbic acid” in low-temperature transformations of carbon allotropes

  • Oxana V. Kharissova
  • Jared Rodríguez
  • Boris I. KharisovEmail author
Original Paper


Multi-wall carbon nanotubes and graphite are relatively stable carbon allotropes, which could be solubilized and/or unfolded by a series of physical and chemical methods. Here, we present a low-temperature formation of several nanocarbons starting from these precursors, such as nano-onions, graphene sheets, and carbon nanoribbons. The experiments were carried out under ultrasonic treatment of aqueous systems “carbon allotrope − theraphthal − ascorbic acid” at various ratios and concentrations. Resulting nanocarbons were studied by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, XPS, FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy. Based on the experimental results, the mechanisms for carbon nanotube unfolding and separation of graphite layers were proposed. These reactions are based on the formation of reactive oxygen species by theraphthal in ultrasonic conditions and their further interaction with carbon precursors. These transformations can be considered as greener methods for obtaining nanocarbons.


Nanoonions Nanoribbons Graphene MWCNTs Theraphthal Electron microscopy 



The authors are grateful to Dr. O. L. Kaliya and Dr. E. A. Lukyanets (NIOPIK, Russia) for supplying the commercially fabricated TP, to Dr. A. L. Nikolaev (Moscow State University, Russia) and Dr. H. V. Rasika Dias (The University of Texas at Arlington, USA) for valuable suggestions and useful comments in the interpretation of results, as well as to Dr. Jiang Jiechao and Mr. Dajing Yan in the Characterization Center for Materials and Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington (USA) for the help on Raman measurements.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónMonterreyMexico

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