Subjecting a Graphene Monolayer to Tension and Compression

Authors

  • Georgia Tsoukleri,

    1. Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) Stadiou Street, Platani, Patras Acahaias, 26504 (Greece)
    2. Interdepartmental Programme in Polymer Science and Technology University of Patras Rio Patras, 26504 (Greece)
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  • John Parthenios,

    1. Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) Stadiou Street, Platani, Patras Acahaias, 26504 (Greece)
    2. Interdepartmental Programme in Polymer Science and Technology University of Patras Rio Patras, 26504 (Greece)
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  • Konstantinos Papagelis,

    1. Materials Science Department University of Patras Rio Patras, 26504 (Greece)
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  • Rashid Jalil,

    1. Department of Physics and Astronomy Manchester University Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (UK)
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  • Andrea C. Ferrari,

    1. Engineering Department Cambridge University 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA (UK)
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  • Andre K. Geim,

    1. Department of Physics and Astronomy Manchester University Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (UK)
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  • Kostya S. Novoselov,

    1. Department of Physics and Astronomy Manchester University Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (UK)
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  • Costas Galiotis

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) Stadiou Street, Platani, Patras Acahaias, 26504 (Greece)
    2. Interdepartmental Programme in Polymer Science and Technology University of Patras Rio Patras, 26504 (Greece)
    3. Materials Science Department University of Patras Rio Patras, 26504 (Greece)
    • Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) Stadiou Street, Platani, Patras Acahaias, 26504 (Greece).
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  • CG would like to thank Prof. N. Melanitis (HNA, Greece) for useful discussions during the preparation of this manuscript. FORTH/ICE-HT acknowledge financial support from the Marie-Curie Transfer of Knowledge program CNTCOMP [Contract No.: MTKD-CT-2005-029876]. GT gratefully acknowledges FORTH/ICE-HT for a scholarship and ACF, KN, and AKG thank the Royal Society and the European Research Council for financial support.

Abstract

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An experimental set-up for loading graphene flakes in both tension and compression is shown in the image. This technique allows investigation not only of bare flakes (just laid out on the plastic substrate) but also of flakes embedded within the beam. The embedded graphene flakes can sustain tensile strains of over 1.3%, whereas in compression no further loading is possible up to 0.7%.

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