The mechanism of graphene nanoribbon synthesis by the sonication-assisted unzipping of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was investigated utilizing 4-methoxyphenol and 1,4-dimethoxybenzene as moieties of poly[(m-phenylenevinylene)-co-(2,5-dioctoxy-p-phenylenevinylene)]. The obtained results revealed that unzipping was promoted by 4-methoxyphenol owing to the facile abstraction of its phenolic hydrogen by sonication-generated radicals on CNTs, whereas 1,4-dimethoxybenzene did not facilitate unzipping, since its methoxy hydrogens were hardly abstracted. Moreover, unzipping was also facilitated by trans-stilbene, the double bond of which reacts with CNT radicals. Furthermore, we succeeded in using a general radical initiator, namely, 2,2′-azobis[2-(2-imidazolin-2-yl)propane]dihydrochloride to promote unzipping, confirming that it is promoted by radical donors/trapping agents.
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