Graphene is one of the strongest materials known to exist. Due to the C-C bonds that make up graphene, a single atom thick sheet possesses amazing tensile strength. In its pristine form, graphene is at least an order of magnitude stronger than steel, Kevlar, and basically every other material. This intrinsic strength is of great interest to many in the academic and research community.
Unfortunately, nothing in life is pristine and defect-free. While Angstron’s graphene materials are strong, they are not yet ready to build a space elevator (yet…). As such, they are often used as reinforcements in a variety of materials. Graphene can be incorporated into a variety of plastics, rubbers, and ceramics to enhance the mechanical properties of the overall structure.
One of the key factors in determining the level of mechanical enhancement lies in the coupling between the base material and the graphene. In many cases, it is necessary to functionalize the graphene with specific chemicals on the surface of the platelet. This functionalization provides a robust bonding mechanism between the graphene and the matrix.
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