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Structural Characterization of Graphite Nanoplatelets Synthesized from Graphite Flakes

Version 1 : Received: 13 August 2020 / Approved: 14 August 2020 / Online: 14 August 2020 (11:58:53 CEST)

How to cite: ALBETRAN, H.M. Structural Characterization of Graphite Nanoplatelets Synthesized from Graphite Flakes. Preprints 2020, 2020080325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0325.v1). ALBETRAN, H.M. Structural Characterization of Graphite Nanoplatelets Synthesized from Graphite Flakes. Preprints 2020, 2020080325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0325.v1).

Abstract

Graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) were produced from flake graphite that had been immersed in isopropyl alcohol solution (70%) and converted to powder form in an ultrasonic bath (5 h, room temperature). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, and Raman spectroscopy identified 120-nm-thick GNP crystallites and 0.5–21 µm plates with different areas and shapes. Extensive exfoliation was observed by transmission electron microscopy with abundant multilayer and some monolayer GNPs. X-ray diffractometry confirmed 43 GNP layers along the c-axis. Raman spectroscopy indicated well-defined GNPs with few defects and no oxide content. Rietveld analysis indicated a GNP crystal lattice with stacks of parallel two-dimensional graphene layers and tightly bound hybridized carbon atoms stacked in a translational …ABAB… sequence in hexagonal rings.

Subject Areas

Carbon; Crystal structure; Graphene; Graphite; Nanoplatelet.

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