The effects of five commonly used wet chemical oxidations were studied for the extent of oxidation of graphitized nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (N-MWCNTs). KMnO4/ H2SO4 was the most potent oxidant, as it produced the highest fraction of oxygen-containing functional groups. Electron microscopy studies showed that the treatment of annealed N-MWCNTs (G-N-MWCNTs) with H2SO4/HNO3 and H2SO4/KMnO4 mixtures leads to interesting spiraled ribbon textures. A structural model, involving the stacking of coiled subunits to form a discontinuous carbon nanoribbon rather than a continuous ribbon is proposed to explain the range of textures that result from oxidation as well as from reduction.
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Kaur, Aman Preet; Meier, Mark S.; Andrews, Rodney; and Qian, Dali, "Oxidation of N-Doped Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and Formation of Discontinuous Spiraled Carbon Nanoribbons" (2018). Chemistry Faculty Publications. 124.