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Nano Research

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 1710–1717 | Cite as

Conductive resilient graphene aerogel via magnesiothermic reduction of graphene oxide assemblies

  • Huang Tang
  • Peibo Gao
  • Zhihao BaoEmail author
  • Bin Zhou
  • Jun Shen
  • Yongfeng Mei
  • Guangming WuEmail author
Research Article

Abstract

Graphene aerogels are desirable for energy storage and conversion, as catalysis supports, and as adsorbents for environmental remediation. To produce graphene aerogels with low density, while maintaining high electrical conductivity and strong mechanic performance, we synthesized graphene aerogels by the magnesiothermic reduction of a freeze-dried graphene oxide (GO) self-assembly and subsequent etching of the formed MgO in acid solution. The reduced graphene oxide (rGO) aerogel samples exhibited densities as low as 1.1 mg·cm−3. The rGO aerogel was very resilient, exhibiting full recoveryeven after being compressed by strains of up to 80%; its elastic modulus (E) scaled with density (ρ) as E∼ρ2. The rGO aerogels also exhibited high conductivities (e.g., 27.7 S·m−1 at 3.6 mg·cm−3) and outperformed many rGO aerogels fabricated by other reduction processes. Such outstanding properties were ascribed to the microstructures inherited from the freeze-dried GO self-assembly and the magnesiothermic reduction process.

Keywords

graphene aerogel magnesiothermic reduction conductivity mechanical properties 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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