Graphene/zinc nano-composites by electrochemical co-deposition

Matthias Hilder, Orawan Winther-Jensen, Bjorn Winther Jensen, Douglas R. MacFarlane

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Abstract

We describe for the first time the electrochemical co-deposition of composites based on a reactive base metal and graphene directly from a one-pot aqueous mixture containing graphene oxide and Zn 2+. In order to overcome stability issues the Zn 2+ concentration was kept below a critical threshold concentration, ensuring stable graphene oxide suspensions in the presence of cationic base metal precursors. This approach ensures the compatibility between the cationic base metal precursor and graphene oxide, which is more challenging compared to previously reported anionic noble metal complexes. Spectroscopic evidence suggests that the reason for destabilisation is zinc complexation involving the carboxylate groups of graphene oxide. The composition of the electrodeposited co-composites can be tuned by adjusting the concentration of the precursors in the starting mixture. The nano-composites show zinc particles (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14034-14040
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume14
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Hilder, M., Winther-Jensen, O., Winther Jensen, B., & MacFarlane, D. R. (2012). Graphene/zinc nano-composites by electrochemical co-deposition. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 14(40), 14034-14040. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2cp42385e