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ACS Nano. 2012 Mar 27;6(3):2096-103. doi: 10.1021/nn203923n. Epub 2011 Dec 19.

Mechanical and environmental stability of polymer thin-film-coated graphene.

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SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) and Center for Human Interface Nano Technology (HINT), School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea.


A uniform polymer thin layer of controllable thickness was bar-coated onto a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown monolayer graphene surface. The effects of this coating layer on the optical, electric, and tribological properties were then investigated. The thin polymer coating layer did not reduce the optical transmittance of the graphene films. The variation in the sheet resistance of the graphene films after the coating depended on the interaction between polymer and graphene. The top coating layer can maintain the high conductivity of chemical doped graphene films under long-term ambient conditions compared with uncovered doped samples. Friction tests demonstrated that the polymer coating layer can enhance both the friction force and the coefficient of friction of the graphene films and protect the graphene against damage in the repeated sliding processes.

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