Charge Transfer Hybrids of Graphene Oxide and the Intrinsically Microporous Polymer PIM-1

Yuanyang Rong, Matthew Large, Manoj Tripathi, Sean Ogilvie, Aline Amorim Graf, Boyang Mao, Jacob Tunesi, Jonathan Salvage, Alice King, Alessia Pasquasi, Marco Peccianti, Richard Malpass-Evans, Neil McKeown, Frank Marken, Alan Dalton

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Nanohybrid materials based on nanoparticles of the intrinsically microporous polymer PIM-1 and graphene oxide (GO) are prepared from aqueous dispersions with a reprecipitation method, resulting in the surface of the GO sheets being decorated with nanoparticles of PIM-1. The significant blueshift in fluorescence signals for the GO/PIM-1 nanohybrids indicates modification of the optoelectronic properties of the PIM-1 in the presence of the GO due to their strong interactions. The stiffening in the Raman G peak of GO (by nearly 6 cm–1) further indicates p-doping of the GO in the presence of PIM. Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) and electrochemical reduction measurements of the nanohybrids provide direct evidence for charge transfer between the PIM-1 nanoparticles and the GO nanosheets. These observations will be of importance for future applications of GO-PIM-1 nanohybrids as substrates and promoters in catalysis and sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31191-31199
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2019


  • catalysis
  • charge transfer
  • graphene oxide
  • microporous polymers
  • nanoparticles


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