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Keywords:

  • graphene;
  • metal oxide-graphene nanocomposites;
  • molecular templates;
  • self-assembly
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By using a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques, it is demonstrated that functionalized graphene sheets (FGS) can function as a new class of molecular templates to direct the nucleation, crystalline phase transition, and self-assembly process of surfactant micelles and metal oxides. Novel, three-dimensional FGS-metal oxide nanocomposite materials with an ordered mesoporous structure can be synthesized.