Detection of graphene domains and defects using liquid crystals

Jong Ho Son, Seung Jae Baeck, Min Ho Park, Jae Bok Lee, Cheol Woong Yang, Jang Kun Song, Wang Cheol Zin, Jong Hyun Ahn

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Abstract

The direct observation of the domain size and defect distribution in a graphene film is important for the development of electronic applications involving graphene. Here we report a promising method for observing graphene domains grown by chemical vapour deposition. The unavoidable development of crack or pinhole defects during the growth and transfer processes is visualized using a liquid crystal layer. Liquid crystal molecules align anisotropically with respect to the graphene domains and exhibit distinct birefringence properties that can be used to image the graphene domains. This approach is useful for visualizing the crack distributions and their generation process in graphene films under external strain. This type of simple observation method provides an effective route to evaluating the quality and reliability of graphene sheets for use in various electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA3484
JournalNature communications
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 24

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Son, J. H., Baeck, S. J., Park, M. H., Lee, J. B., Yang, C. W., Song, J. K., Zin, W. C., & Ahn, J. H. (2014). Detection of graphene domains and defects using liquid crystals. Nature communications, 5, [A3484]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms4484