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Growth of large-area single- and Bi-layer graphene by controlled carbon precipitation on polycrystalline Ni surfaces

Reina, Alfonso and Thiele, Stefan and Jia, Xiaoting and Bhaviripudi, Sreekar and Dresselhaus, Mildred S. and Schaefer, Juergen A. and Kong, Jing (2009) Growth of large-area single- and Bi-layer graphene by controlled carbon precipitation on polycrystalline Ni surfaces. Nano Research, 2 (6). pp. 509-516. ISSN 1998-0124 (Print) 1998-0000 (Online)

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Abstract

We report graphene films composed mostly of one or two layers of graphene grown by controlled carbon precipitation on the surface of polycrystalline Ni thin films during atmospheric chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Controlling both the methane concentration during CVD and the substrate cooling rate during graphene growth can significantly improve the thickness uniformity. As a result, one- or two- layer graphene regions occupy up to 87% of the film area. Single layer coverage accounts for 5%–11% of the overall film. These regions expand across multiple grain boundaries of the underlying polycrystalline Ni film. The number density of sites with multilayer graphene/graphite (>2 layers) is reduced as the cooling rate decreases. These films can also be transferred to other substrates and their sizes are only limited by the sizes of the Ni film and the CVD chamber. Here, we demonstrate the formation of films as large as 1 in2. These findings represent an important step towards the fabrication of large-scale high-quality graphene samples.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:8368
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:29 Apr 2010 11:17
Last Modified:29 Apr 2010 11:17

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