Defect-free graphene (or not)

Researchers successfully grow defect-free graphene, commercial uses now in sight

Autore: ExtremeTech

Defect-free graphene (or not)

The imagined industrial applications for graphene are currently constrained by two things — cost and quality. There is no concrete roadmap to predict how quickly graphene-based devices will become available and how common they will be. The quality of a sample of grapheme depends not only on purity but also on the nature of defects in the geometry. A new method to control the orientation, edge geometry, and thickness of vapor-deposited graphene has just been discovered by a pan-European group of researchers. With continued advances and some newly announced funding initiatives graphene’s full potential as a commercial material is now beginning to come into focus.


The legendary strength of graphene is a strict function of the quality of the sample. It is often said to have a strength 300 times that of steel however strength is a really nebulous way to define a material. There is strength in tension, compression, hardness, toughness and fatigue just to name a few. What we really need to know for a sheet of graphene is how many elephants it can carry. Fortunately some researchers have estimated this from experiments in which they indented a sample of it with an atomic force microscope probe. They determined that a sheet the thickness of Saran wrap would support an elephant poised atop a pencil, in turn standing on the sheet.

Getting this kind of performance out of graphene is a little easier said than done. Single crystal structures are considerably more robust than a random hodgepodge of graphene flakes — and considerably more expensive to produce. Chemical vapor depostion (CVD) is a method of producing graphene that is cheaper and easier to scale up than the original mechanical exfoliation methods by which it was first produced. To produce graphene with CVD, a gaseous source of carbon is introduced to a chamber where it can react and then get deposited onto a surface as a coating. By controlling the crystallographic orientations of the underlying copper template, the researchers were able deposit defect-free graphene sheets of considerable size.

Hexagonal graphene domains Growing atomically perfect structures, like mono-crystalline sapphire or silicon, is an excruciatingly slow process. Provided the grain boundaries of the individual crystal structures in a sample line up properly, high quality material can still be made without it being a single crystal. Many of the special uses imagined for graphene depend on its unique electrical and optical properties. Defects disrupt electron flow, but so long as this disruption is predictable and controlled, it can be used to advantage. In theory, the size of graphene sheets made in this way is only limited by the size of the underlying copper substrate. Graphene is also notable for its ability to be incorporated into other nanostructures. Graphene-nanotube hybrid materials have been made and provide an interesting extension off the plane and into the third dimension.

Recently, another European project has been funded to the tune of 1.3 billion (Euro) over ten years to be centered at the University of technology in Gotherburg, Sweden. There, the researchers will be focusing on applications for graphene in computers, batteries, and sensors. Other reports indicate that Finland-based Nokia has been awarded a grant to begin study of more immediate commercial applications, and give the the feel that a mad scramble may be about to unfold. It is important to look at the bigger picture and realize that graphene is the latest in a long line of carbon-based materials that have captured our collective imagination — buckyballs, nanotubes, graphite, diamond — but with each iteration we seem to get a little closer to the next generation technology.

Now read: Hype-kill: Graphene is awesome, but a very long way from replacing silicon

Research Paper: Controlling the Orientation, Edge Geometry, and Thickness of Chemical Vapor Deposition Graphene

3 thoughts on “Researchers successfully grow defect-free graphene, commercial uses now in sight

  1. Freshly grown graphene displays an excess negative charge. As presented in several other studies, approaches used to remove this charge have all displayed practical disadvantages. However, in a previous paper, it was shown that surface-transfer doping was a simple and reliable way to dope graphene. Recent work has suggested theoretically that F4-TCNQ could have a doping effect on graphene. The present study has demonstrated the effect experimentally and shown that the excess negative charge in monolayer graphene can be fully compensated by functionalising its surface with F4-TCNQ. In addition, we have demonstrated that the molecular layer is stable when exposed to air, preserved up to 75 °C and is totally reversible at higher temperatures.

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  2. Mi scrivete 10 domande che vorresti chiedere a una persona su questo brano: THE BRONTE SISTERS

    The Brontë sisters (pronounced /ˈbrɒnte/), Charlotte (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855), Emily (30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848) and Anne (17 January 1820 – 28 May 1849), were English writers of the 1840s and 1850s. Their novels caused a sensation when they were first published and were subsequently accepted into the canon of great English literature.The sisters grew up in Haworth, near Keighley in West Yorkshire (the region has come to be known as Brontë Country), surviving their mother and two elder sisters into adulthood. In 1824 the four eldest Brontë daughters were enrolled as pupils at the Clergy Daughter’s School at Cowan Bridge. The following year Maria and Elizabeth, the two eldest daughters, became ill, left the school and died; Charlotte and Emily were brought home.

    They had written compulsively from early childhood and were first published, at their own expense, in 1846 as poets under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The book attracted little attention, selling only two copies. The sisters returned to prose, producing a novel each in the following year. Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Anne’s Agnes Grey were released in 1847 after their long search to secure publishers.

    The novels attracted great critical attention and steadily became best-sellers, but the sisters’ careers were shortened by ill-health. Emily died the following year before she could complete another novel, and Anne published her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, in 1848, a year before her death. Upon publication Jane Eyre received the most critical and commercial success of all the Brontë works, continuing to this day. Charlotte’s Shirley appeared in 1849 and was followed by Villette in 1853. Her first novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857; her uncompleted fragment, Emma, was published in 1860; and some of her juvenile writings remained unpublished until the late twentieth century. Charlotte died at the age of 38 in 1855 after a short illness, possibly related to her pregnancy. She had married her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, less than a year earlier.

    The first biography of Charlotte was written by her friend Elizabeth Gaskell and published in 1857. It helped create the myth of a doomed family living in romantic solitude.


  3. Ciao ragazzi, volevo sapere qual è il metallo ( sia naturale che artificiale ) più resistente e forte.
    @♥HiTLeRiNa94♥ Anche una lega se volete.

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