Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) obtained from graphene oxide has received much attention because of its simple and cost-effective manufacturing process. Previous studies have demonstrated the scalable production of RGO with relatively high quality; however, irreducible defects on RGO deteriorate the unique intrinsic physical properties of graphene, such as high-mobility electrical charge transport, limiting its potential applicability. Using the enhanced chemical reactivity of such defects, atomic layer deposition (ALD) can be a useful method to selectively passivate the defect sites. Herein, we analyzed the selective formation of Pt by ALD on the defect sites of RGO and investigated the effect of Pt formation on the electrical properties of RGO by using ultrafast terahertz (THz) laser spectroscopy. Time-resolved THz measurements directly corroborated that the degree of the defect-recovering property of ALD Pt-treated RGO appearing as Auger-type sub-picosecond relaxation, which is otherwise absent in pristine RGO. In addition, the conductivity improvement of Pt-recovered RGO was theoretically explained by density functional theory calculations. The ALD Pt-passivated RGO yielded a superior platform for the fabrication of a highly conductive and transparent graphene heater. By using the ALD Pt/RGO heater embedded underneath scratched self-healing polymer materials, we also demonstrated the effective recovery property of self-healing polymers with high-performance heating capability. Our work is expected to result in significant advances toward practical applications for RGO-based flexible and transparent electronics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)