Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Materials Science and Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Arvind Agarwal

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Co-Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Benjamin Boesl

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Co-Chair

Third Advisor's Name

Chunlei Wang

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Keywords

graphene nanoplatelets, 2D materials, cementation process, single displacement reaction, parametric study, copper nanoparticles, spark plasma sintering, nacre

Date of Defense

3-21-2017

Abstract

The main goal of this thesis is to deposit metal particles on the surface of 2D nanoplatelets using a controlled cementation process. As a proof of concept, copper (Cu) and Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNP) were chosen as the representative metal and 2D nanoplatelets, respectively. Specific goals of this study include depositing nanometer scale Cu particles on the surface of GNP at a low concentration (approximately 5 vol.%) while maintaining clustering and impurities at a minimum. Parametric studies were done to attain these goals by investigating various metallic reducer types and morphologies, GNP surface activation process, acid volume % and copper (II) sulfate concentrations. Optimal conditions were obtained with Mg ribbon as a reducer, 3 minutes of activation, 1 vol.% of acetic acid and 0.01 M CuSO4. The GNP-Cu powder synthesized in this work is a precursor material to be consolidated via spark plasma sintering (SPS) to make a nacre-like, layered structure for future studies.

Identifier

FIDC001818

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