Electrochemistry of modified graphene and carbon nanomaterials
Poh, Hwee Ling
Date of Issue2014
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
This thesis investigates the various methods adopted to improve graphene and their influences on the properties of the obtained material. The study is divided into three parts: a) Part 1: Influence of heteroatom functionalization on the properties of graphene, b) Part 2: Influence of synthesis methods/conditions on the properties of graphene and c) Part 3: Influence of structural differences on the properties of nanocarbons. The thesis will begin by introducing graphene, its history and development over the years in Chapter 1. Following which, Chapter 2 will review in depths of recently published impactful literature articles that are related to the three parts. Before proceeding, Chapter 3 will re-emphasize the readers on the objectives of this thesis with a summarized infographical diagram of each part. Chapters 4 – 8 will present research results that conceptualize on Part 1: Influence of heteroatom functionalization on the properties of graphene. An array of different heteroatom dopants were investigated with full-scale characterization of the doped materials. Chapters 9 – 10 will analyze Part 2, i.e how different synthesis methods and conditions may influence the properties of the final products. Chapter 11 analyzes Part 3 to evaluate the properties of nanocarbons that are structurally different. Lastly, Chapter 12 will provide an overview of the chapters and concludes the thesis.