Smart Hybrid Materials (SHMs)
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Self-Assembled Nanomaterials for Biomedical, Sensing and Separation Applications

Publications 2016

Self-Assembly of Single-Crystal Silver Micro-Flakes on Reduced Graphene Oxide and Their Use in Ultrasensitive Sensors

Chen, Y.; Tao, J.; Hammami, M. A.; Hoang, P.; Khashab, N. M. Self-Assembly of Single-Crystal Silver Micro-Flakes on Reduced Graphene Oxide and Their Use in Ultrasensitive Sensors. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 3, 1500658
Chen, Y.; Tao, J.; Hammami, M. A.; Hoang, P.; Khashab, N. M.
Hybrid membranes, nanocomposites, self-assembly, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), sensors
2016
Compared to 1D structures, 2D structures have higher specific and active surface, which drastically improves electron transfer and extensibility along 2D plane. Herein, 2D-single crystal silver microflakes (AgMFs) are prepared for the first time in situ on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) by solvothermal synthesis with thickness around 100 nm and length around 10 μm. The oriented attachment mechanism is hypothesized to control the silver crystal growth and self-assembly of reduced silver units to form single-crystal AgMF structure on RGO sheets. Employing it as an electrode to fabricate reliable and extremely sensitive pressure sensors verifies the applicability of this novel 2D structure. Contrary to nanowires, 2D microflakes can intercalate better within the polymer matrix to provide an enhanced network for electron movement. The designed sensor can retain more than 4.7 MPa−1 after 10 000 cycles. The design proves functional for monitoring various actions such as wrist movement, squatting, walking, and delicate finger touch with high durability.