Engineering properties of graphene - ceramic nanocomposites by incorporating defects in graphene

Fawad Inam, Chichi Okolo, Thuc Vo, Sadia Sagar Iqbal

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Abstract

A novel strategy for producing ceramic – graphene nanocomposites with customizable mechanical and electrical properties without changing the amount of graphene has been presented. Structural and crystalline defects were produced in graphene using high-power tip ultrasonication for 20, 40 and 60 minutes. Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analyses were conducted to characterize degradation in graphene. Alumina – graphene nanocomposites were then prepared using Spark Plasma Sintering. Fracture toughness and electrical conductivities were measured for alumina nanocomposites containing 0.5 vol% and 3 vol% graphene respectively. Electrical conductivity and fracture toughness values of alumina – graphene nanocomposites decreased with the increase in structural defects in graphene. The quality of graphene has no influence on the grain size of the alumina nanocomposites.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2017
EventWCSM-2017 - 3rd Annual World Congress of Smart Materials-2017 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 16 Mar 2017 → …

Conference

ConferenceWCSM-2017 - 3rd Annual World Congress of Smart Materials-2017
Period16/03/17 → …

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