Dispersing graphite in water to obtain true (single layer) graphene (SLG) in bulk quantity in a liquid has been an unreachable goal for materials scientists in the last decade. Likewise, a diagnostic tool for identifying solubilized SLG in situ has been long awaited. Homogeneous stable dispersions of SLG in water are obtained by mixing graphenide (negatively charged graphene) solutions in tetrahydrofuran (THF) with degassed water and evaporating the organic solvent. In situ Raman spectroscopy of these aqueous ...
17 Mar 2016
arXiv preprint arXiv:1603.05421