Synthetic approach was demonstrated to obtain a series of polyesters containing electron deficient internal alkyne units stemmed from acetylene dicarboxylic acid in the main backbone. Consequently, polyesters were made use of a polymeric platform in copper free cycloaddition reaction like, Huisgen type 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition in order to have pendant functional groups, pyrene, pyrene/COOH, pyrene/OH, and pyrene/C=CH using organic azides. A pyrene pendant unit of these polyesters was noncovalently interacted with the surface of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) via pep stacking as shown by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and UVevisible spectroscopy. Therefore, MWCNTs were indirectly functionalized using prefunctional polyesters that possess pendant functional groups: pyrene or pyrene together with -COOH, -OH, and -C=CH. Moreover, the dispersion stability of modified CNTs was investigated in frequently used organic solvents. (c) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.