Synergic Exfoliation of Graphene with Organic Molecules and Inorganic Ions for the Electrochemical Production of Flexible Electrodes (pages 439–446)
Dr. Zhen Yuan Xia, Dr. Giuliano Giambastiani, Christos Christodoulou, Marco V. Nardi, Prof. Norbert Koch, Dr. Emanuele Treossi, Prof. Vittorio Bellani, Sergio Pezzini, Dr. Franco Corticelli, Dr. Vittorio Morandi, Dr. Alberto Zanelli and Dr. Vincenzo Palermo
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201300375
Sneak attack! Inorganic ions are used as Trojan horses to favor the intercalation of organic acetonitrile molecules into graphite. These molecules act as nanoscopic foaming agents and decompose with microwave irradiation to generate a pressure surge within graphite to exfoliate it (see picture). The process yields highly soluble, monoatomic, large sheets.