In this letter we demonstrate successful application of the microwave-hydrothermal method to the synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene. The processing time is significantly reduced compared to previously proposed methods as a result of rapid heating by microwave radiation involving agitation of polar molecules and oscillation of ions. Nitrogen-doped graphene has been synthesized from graphene oxide (GO) via microwave-hydrothermal process in ammonia solution. We investigated the chemical composition and bonding configuration of inserted nitrogen atoms in graphene layers synthesized in different microwave treatment time. From the analysis of chemical composition, we found that nitrogen doping is achieved simultaneously with the oxygen reduction process. With increasing synthesis time, nitrogen doping concentration increased to 6.13 at% and oxygen composition rapidly decreased due to oxygen reduction. Moreover, we also show enhanced formation of pyridinic-N atom.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering