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ERIC Number: EJ1082423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Simple Graphene Synthesis via Chemical Vapor Deposition
Jacobberger, Robert M.; Machhi, Rushad; Wroblewski, Jennifer; Taylor, Ben; Gillian-Daniel, Anne Lynn; Arnold, Michael S.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n11 p1903-1907 Nov 2015
Graphene's unique combination of exceptional mechanical, electronic, and thermal properties makes this material a promising candidate to enable next-generation technologies in a wide range of fields, including electronics, energy, and medicine. However, educational activities involving graphene have been limited due to the high expense and complexity associated with fabricating and characterizing graphene. Here, we demonstrate an economical, safe, and simple technique to synthesize multilayer graphene films via chemical vapor deposition in 30-45 min in a classroom setting. Raman spectroscopy indicates that the graphene is of high quality, scanning electron microscopy shows that the films are continuous over large areas, and oxidation studies demonstrate graphene's high impermeability. The films are also transferred to insulating, optically transparent substrates, which enables measurement of the high electrical conductivity of graphene and direct visualization of several layers of atoms. This graphene synthesis has been successfully implemented in diverse settings with students ranging in education level from 5th grade to undergraduate. In addition to reinforcing fundamental concepts at the core of chemical education, this experiment introduces students to cutting-edge nanotechnology research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES); US Air Force (DOD), Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: DMR1121288|DESC0006414|EEC0908782|32CFR168a