|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Friday, January 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m.|
|PLACE:||MARC Building, 201|
|TITLE:||Viscoelastic Polymer-Assisted Mechanical Exfoliation of Large Area Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Shreyes Melkote, Chair (ME)
Dr. Christopher Saldana (ME)
Dr. Zhigang Jiang (PHYS)
There is a growing demand for a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable production method for 2D van der Waals materials such as graphene and pyrolytic graphite sheets, because of their attractive thermal/electrical/physical properties. This thesis reports on the study of a viscoelastic polymer stamp-based mechanical exfoliation technique capable of yielding large area (~square centimeters or larger) thin (<1 micron) graphite sheets from a highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) substrate by tailoring the properties of a Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp and other key exfoliation process parameters.