In the past Joonwon Lim has collaborated on articles with Rekha Narayan. One of their most recent publications is Perylene tetracarboxylate surfactant assisted liquid phase exfoliation of graphite into graphene nanosheets with facile re-dispersibility in aqueous/organic polar solvents. Which was published in journal Carbon.

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Joonwon Lim's Articles: (2)

Perylene tetracarboxylate surfactant assisted liquid phase exfoliation of graphite into graphene nanosheets with facile re-dispersibility in aqueous/organic polar solvents

AbstractLiquid phase exfoliation (LPE) is a promising method for graphene production particularly in terms of cost effectiveness and scale up. Nonetheless, it is still challenging to synchronize prime goals of high quality, good yield, large sheet size, stable long term storage and low cost eco-friendly processing. We present a simple and inexpensive green route for large scale production of exfoliated graphene dispersions exploiting the non-covalent surface chemistry between graphene and perylene tetracarboxylate (PTCA) aromatic semiconducting surfactant. Direct sonication of graphite flakes in aqueous PTCA solutions produced high yield of single and few-layer graphene sheets with minimal basal plane defects as revealed by XPS, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy. Uniquely for LPE protocol, the lateral graphene flake dimensions extended upto 10–12 μm range. The exfoliated dispersions exhibited high colloidal stability with shelf-life exceeding a year. Facile re-dispersibility of the dried graphene/PTCA powders was observed in water as well as many polar organic solvents. Significantly, pure aromatic semiconducting nature of surfactant without dielectric moiety ensures tight electrical contact among graphene sheets in thin films. The approach exploiting the simple molecular design of aromatic charged surfactants for graphene exfoliation holds a great prospect for solution processed graphene based nanomaterials and devices.

Open porous graphene nanoribbon hydrogel via additive-free interfacial self-assembly: Fast mass transport electrodes for high-performance biosensing and energy storage

AbstractCustomized assembly of nanomaterials into three-dimensional macroscopic objects may offer versatile functional nanostructures. Gelation is a common route to this end, but unstable assembly of typical one-dimensional nanomaterials arising from their non-flat geometry of weakly interacting building blocks has remained a significant challenge. We report versatile reliable open nanoporous graphene nanoribbon hydrogel formation via straightforward interfacial layer-by-layer self-assembly. Atomically flat surface of graphene nanoribbon enables a stable gelation, overcoming the geometrical penalty of one-dimensional building blocks. The resultant hydrogel readily provides compact open porous web-like gel framework along with a wide range of controllability in the engineering of surface functionality, composite preparation and three-dimensional customized morphology formation. Large surface area and open porosity of the synergistic hydrogel structure simultaneously attain fast responsivity and high sensitivity in enzymatic biosensor application as well as fast rate capability and high capacitance in supercapacitor application.

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