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Size Fractionation of Graphene Oxide Nanosheets via Controlled Directional Freezing

Size Fractionation of Graphene Oxide Nanosheets via Controlled Directional Freezing
Yanlin Song, Kai Liu, Jianjun Wang, Masao Doi, Gaoquan Shi, Wenbo Li, Hongya Geng, Guoying Bai, Jiajia Zhou, Bowen Yao
The properties and functions of graphene oxide (GO)-based materials strongly depend on the lateral size and size distribution of GO nanosheets; therefore, GO and its derivatives with narrow size distributions are highly desired. Here we report the size fractionation of GO nanosheets by controlled directional freezing of GO aqueous dispersions. GO nanosheets with a narrow size distribution can be obtained by controlling the growth rate of the freezing front. This interesting phenomenon can be explained by the adsorption of GO nanosheets on the ice crystal surface in combination with the stratification of GO nanosheets at the ice growth front. Such a convenient size fractionation approach will be essential for practical applications of chemically modified graphene, including GO, reduced GO, and their assemblies or composites.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b05490

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b05490

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