Ultrastrong, Chemically Resistant Reduced Graphene Oxide-based Multilayer Thin Films with Damage Detection Capability. Academic Article uri icon


  • Multilayer thin films of graphene oxide (GO) and poly(vinylamine) (PVAm) were deposited via layer-by-layer assembly. Poly(vinylamine) pH was used to tailor film thickness and GO layer spacing. Graphene oxide concentration in the films was controlled through simple pH adjustment. Thermal reduction of the PVAm/GO multilayer thin films rendered them electrically conductive, which could be further tailored with PVAm pH. These reduced films also exhibited exceptionally high elastic modulus of 30 GPa and hardness of 1.8 GPa, which are among the highest of any graphene-filled polymer composite values ever reported. Cross-linking of these films with glutaraldehyde improved their chemical resistance, allowing them to survive strongly acidic or salty solutions. Additionally, scratches in the films can be instantaneously detected by a simple electrical resistance measurement. These films are promising for a variety of packaging and electronic applications.

published proceedings

  • ACS Appl Mater Interfaces

author list (cited authors)

  • Guin, T., Stevens, B., Krecker, M., D'Angelo, J., Humood, M., Song, Y., ... Grunlan, J. C.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Guin, Tyler||Stevens, Bart||Krecker, Michelle||D'Angelo, John||Humood, Mohammad||Song, Yixuan||Smith, Ryan||Polycarpou, Andreas||Grunlan, Jaime C

publication date

  • March 2016