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Using graphene networks to build bioinspired self-monitoring ceramics

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Title: Using graphene networks to build bioinspired self-monitoring ceramics
Authors: Saiz Gutierrez, E
Picot, O
Ferraro, C
Garcia Rocha, V
Ni, N
D'Elia, E
Meille, S
Chevalier, J
Saunders, T
Peijs, T
Reece, MJ
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The properties of graphene open new opportunities for the fabrication of composites exhibiting unique structural and functional capabilities. However, to achieve this goal we should design and build materials with carefully designed architectures. Here, we describe the fabrication of ceramic-graphene composites by combining graphene foams with pre-ceramic polymers and spark plasma sintering. The result is a material containing an interconnected, microscopic network of very thin (20-30 nm), electrically conductive, carbon interfaces. This network generates electrical conductivities up to two orders of magnitude higher than those of other ceramics with similar graphene or carbon nanotube contents and can be used to monitor “in situ” structural integrity. In addition, it directs crack propagation, promoting stable crack growth and increasing the fracture resistance by an order of magnitude. These results demonstrate that the rational integration of nanomaterials could be a fruitful path towards building composites combining unique mechanical and functional performances.
Issue Date: 9-Feb-2017
Date of Acceptance: 21-Dec-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/43628
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms14425
ISSN: 2041-1723
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal / Book Title: Nature Communications
Volume: 8
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ © The Author(s) 2017
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Commission of the European Communities
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Imperial College London
Funder's Grant Number: 289958
Keywords: Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
MD Multidisciplinary
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 14425
Appears in Collections:Materials
Faculty of Engineering