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Title:Synthesis and characterization of graphene-palladium thin film composites for nano-gilding
Author(s):Robertson, Matthew Glen
Advisor(s):Tawfick, Sameh
Department / Program:Mechanical Sci & Engineering
Discipline:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Graphene, Palladium, CVD
Abstract:Graphene is a superior material that exhibits excellent mechanical and electrical properties, as well as being useful for chemical functionalities. A few layers of graphene are extremely lightweight but highly multifunctional, and as such present an opportunity to add increasing performance to engineering design. However, it is difficult to uniformly apply a few layers of graphene directly onto materials, while maintaining the intrinsic properties of synthesized graphene and a strong interfacial strength between them. To the end of synthesizing useful graphene-based composites, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of graphene on thin palladium leaves is studied for the potential of nano-gilding based coating of surfaces for added functionality. This work presents the study of gas-precursor CVD synthesis of mulit-layer graphene (MLG) on commercial palladium leaves at low temperature (800 ˚C). Raman mapping methods and nanoindentation for hardness of the composites are presented, as well as a discussion of the limitations on these techniques to analyze the present samples.
Issue Date:2017-07-19
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/98302
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Matthew Robertson
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-29
Date Deposited:2017-08


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