Carbide bonded Graphene Coating
T2013-363 A facile approach for obtaining carbide-bonded graphene coatings on a variety of metallic and nonmetallic substrates.
Despite the many attractive features of graphene, the lack of atomic bonds between graphene and substrates and among graphene nanosheets has limited its potential applications. Although theoretical considerations predict that covalent bonds between graphene nanosheets would significantly improve structural integrity, it has remained a formidable challenge to experimentally realize covalent networks within the confined space between graphene nanosheets. Therefore, it is imperative to develop a robust approach for establishing atomically bonded graphene networks that are either bridged at the graphene nanosheets edges or linked via the graphene basal planes as well as for a strong bonding between the graphene coating and the substrate.
Researchers at The Ohio State University, led by Dr. James Lee, have developed a facile approach to obtain carbide-bonded graphene coatings on a variety of metallic and nonmetallic substrates. The technology consists of vacuum-assisted thermal exfoliation and flotation of functional graphenes at elevated temperatures, followed by deposition on substrates and in situ formation of carbide bonds from silicon/silicon oxide radicals produced by thermal decomposition of silicone rubber. This opens up new avenues for many engineering applications of graphene.
- Memory devices
- Computing products
- Thermal management products
- Transparent display electrodes
- Sensor technology
- Structural materials
- Young’s modulus and hardness higher than silicon and steel
- Electrical and thermal conductivities better than natural graphite
- Low surface friction
- Excellent chemical corrosion resistance and anti-abrasion
- Good cytocompatibility
- Easy micro-patterning by microfabrication techniques
- Attractive semiconductive and optoelectronic characteristics