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Optimization of Micromechanical Cleavage Technique of Natural Graphite by Chemical Treatment

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In this work,we report a method to improve the efficiency of the micromechanical cleavage technique to obtain few-layers graphene samples, from natural graphite flakes, which were previously submitted to two chemical treatment times with H2SO4(17 and 25 hours). After the chemical treatment times, Raman spectroscopy reveals a hydrogenation of the few-layer graphene samples, which were obtained from the treated graphite flakes. To analyze the hydrogenation of the samples, the G and 2D bands of the Raman spectra of the treated and un-treated samples were analyzed and compared, as well as the I(2D)/I(G) ratio, revealing a p-doping on the treated samples when compared with the untreated samples. Our studies could be of great importance to obtain larger and greater amount of few-layer graphene samples.

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Torres, L. , Gomez Armas, L. and Carlos Seabra, A. (2014) Optimization of Micromechanical Cleavage Technique of Natural Graphite by Chemical Treatment. Graphene, 3, 1-5. doi: 10.4236/graphene.2014.31001.

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