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Dr George Bepete

Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42038

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Research Interests

Reductive dissolution of graphene and carbon nanotubes

Chemical reactions with negatively charged graphene and SWNT solutions

Spectroscopy of surfactant free aqueous carbon nanomaterials

Electrochemical Energy Storage

Research Groups

Department of Chemistry

  • Functional Molecules and Materials
  • Soft Matter and Interfaces

Research Interests

  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Graphene
  • Reductive dissolution
  • Chemical Vapour Deposition
  • Raman Spectroscopy

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Bepete, George, Khan, Laila, Chiguvare, Zivayi & Coville, Neil J. (2017). (N-doped) Carbon Nanotube Nanostructuring of the Hole Transport Electrode for Reduced Space-Charge Accumulation in Polymer-Fullerene Solar Cells. physica status solidi (a) 214(11): 1700137.
  • Chimowa, George, Tshabalala, Zamaswazi P., Akande, Amos A., Bepete, George, Mwakikunga, Bonex, Ray, Suprakas S. & Benecha, Evans M. (2017). Improving methane gas sensing properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes by vanadium oxide filling. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 247: 11-18.
  • Bepete, George, Anglaret, Eric, Ortolani, Luca, Morandi, Vittorio, Huang, Kai, Pénicaud, Alain & Drummond, Carlos (2017). Surfactant-free single-layer graphene in water. Nature Chemistry 9(4): 347-352.
  • George Bepete, Ferdinand Hof, Kai Huang, Katerina Kampioti, Eric Anglaret, Carlos Drummond & Alain Pénicaud (2016). ”Eau de graphene” from a KC8 graphite intercalation compound prepared by a simple mixing of graphite and molten potassium. physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters 10(12): 895.
  • Bepete, G., Pénicaud, A., Drummond, C. & Anglaret, E. (2016). Raman Signatures of Single Layer Graphene Dispersed in Degassed Water, “‘Eau de Graphene”’. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120(49): 28204-28214.
  • Nongwe, Isaac, Bepete, George, Shaikjee, Ahmed, Ravat, Vilas, Terfassa, Belina, Meijboom, Reinout & Coville, Neil J. (2014). Synthesis of gold encapsulated in spherical carbon capsules with a mesoporous shell structure. A robust catalyst in a nanoreactor. Catalysis Communications 53: 77.
  • Bepete G, Voiry D, Chhowalla M, Chiguvare Z & Coville NJ (2013). Incorporation of small BN domains in graphene during CVD using methane, boric acid and nitrogen gas. Nanoscale 5(14): 6552-6557.
  • Ravat, Vilas, Nongwe, Isaac, Meijboom, Reinout, Bepete, George & Coville, Neil J. (2013). Pd on boron-doped hollow carbon spheres – PdO particle size and support effects. Journal of Catalysis 305: 36.
  • de Freitas JN, Maubane MS, Bepete G, van Otterlo WAL, Coville NJ & Nogueira AF (2013). Synthesis and characterization of single wall carbon nanotube-grafted poly(3-hexylthiophene) and their Nano composites with gold nanoparticles. Synthetic Metals 176: 55-64.
  • Bepete G, Tetana ZN, Lindner S, Rummeli M, Chiguvare Z & Coville NJ (2013). The use of aliphatic alcohol chain length to control the nitrogen type and content in nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes. Carbon 52: 316-325.

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