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Highly Conductive and Transparent Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanoscale Films via Thermal Conversion of Polymer-Encapsulated Graphene Oxide Sheets

Highly
Conductive and Transparent Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanoscale Films
via Thermal Conversion of
Polymer-Encapsulated Graphene Oxide Sheets
Anise Grant, George Chumanov, Mark Anayee, Nikolay Borodinov, Igor Luzinov, Hongmei Li, Mykhailo Savchak, William R. Harrell, Ruslan Burtovyy, Vladimir Tsukruk, Yimei Wen, Daniel B. Cutshall, Goutam Koley, Ruilong Ma, Kesong Hu
Despite noteworthy progress in the fabrication of large-area graphene sheetlike nanomaterials, the vapor-based processing still requires sophisticated equipment and a multistage handling of the material. An alternative approach to manufacturing functional graphene-based films includes the employment of graphene oxide (GO) micrometer-scale sheets as precursors. However, search for a scalable manufacturing technique for the production of high-quality GO nanoscale films with high uniformity and high electrical conductivity is still continuing. Here we show that conventional dip-coating technique can offer fabrication of high quality mono- and bilayered films made of GO sheets. The method is based on our recent discovery that encapsulating individual GO sheets in a nanometer thick molecular brush copolymer layer allows for the nearly perfect formation of the GO layers via dip coating from water. By thermal reduction the bilayers (cemented by a carbon-forming polymer linker) are converted into highly conductive and transparent reduced GO films with a high conductivity up to 104 S/cm and optical transparency on the level of 90%. The value is the highest electrical conductivity reported for thermally reduced nanoscale GO films and is close to the conductivity of indium tin oxide currently in use for transparent electronic devices, thus making these layers intriguing candidates for replacement of ITO films.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b16500

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b16500

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