Deaggregation of diamond nanoparticles studied by NMR

A. M. Panich, A. E. Aleksenskii

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Nanodiamond (ND) particles are usually bound in aggregates that are difficult to separate into a single nanoparticle form, which restrains their applications. Recently, a stable suspension of deaggregated NDs [1] has been prepared using annealed ND samples. We discuss the mechanism of deaggregation of these NDs based on our 1H NMR data. We show that in contrast with the spectra of the initial sample, those of the annealed sample evidence fast proton exchange between the surface carboxyl groups and adsorbed water molecules and the formation of charged ND-COO - ↔ H 3O + structures, which results in repulsion of ND particles and yields a stable aqueous suspension of isolated NDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Deaggregation
  • Nanodiamond
  • Nanoparticle
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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