Non-covalent functionalization of pristine few-layer graphene using triphenylene derivatives for conductive poly (vinyl alcohol) composites Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we demonstrate a facile technique to disperse pristine few-layer graphene (FLG) in water utilizing a triphenylene based stabilizer (C10) that non-covalently functionalizes the surface without micelle formation. The yield of FLG in the final dispersion (0.2 mg FLG/mg C10) is much higher than comparable surfactants and polymers stabilizers. This dispersion is reversible in response to pH changes unlike conventional stabilizers. The C10-stabilized FLG dispersion is also stable against heat and lyophilization. This non-covalent functionalization does not disrupt the pristine structure of the graphene sheets; instead, these coatings allow for stable, aggregation-resistant FLG dispersion, as characterized through TEM. To demonstrate the utility of such dispersions, we prepared pristine FLG-loaded poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) composites by a simple solution casting process. This is the first example of PVA composites based on pristine graphene. These composites have enhanced electrical properties at relatively low filler fraction (0.26 vol% FLG). Moreover, these composites exhibit improved mechanical properties established by tensile and hardness tests results; these data suggest anisotropic reinforcement caused by graphene alignment. 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Das, S., Irin, F., Ahmed, H., Cortinas, A. B., Wajid, A. S., Parviz, D., ... Green, M. J.

citation count

  • 93

complete list of authors

  • Das, Sriya||Irin, Fahmida||Ahmed, HS Tanvir||Cortinas, Abel B||Wajid, Ahmed S||Parviz, Dorsa||Jankowski, Alan F||Kato, Masaru||Green, Micah J

publication date

  • May 2012