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May 31st, 2009

The worm turns - into graphene

Abstract:
Chinese scientists have found a new route to high-quality graphene sheets for making flexible electronics.

Hongwei Zhu and co-workers from Tsinghua University in Beijing developed a three-step process to synthesise the one atom-thick carbon sheets from worm-like expanded graphite (WEG). WEG consists of a tall stack of graphene sheets, expanded, but not fully separated into individual layers. Graphene is expected to eventually replace silicon in a revolutionary new breed of flexible electronics for applications including smart clothing, for example, health-monitoring sensors embedded in fabric, and foldable displays.

To make the WEG precursor, Zhu mixed natural graphite with sulfuric acid. The acid forced the graphite's layers apart to create a structure with graphite layers held together by sulfuric acid molecules. Zhu heated the resulting compound to decompose the acid, which increased the distance between the graphite sheets even further. He then exfoliated, or repeatedly peeled, the WEG product by ultrasonication and centrifugation to produce the single graphene layers. The graphene was not damaged by these processes; in fact, the individual layers produced were shown by Raman spectroscopy to be almost unchanged from their state in the natural graphite precursor.

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