Graphene has superior electrical conductivity than graphite and other allotropes of carbon because of its high surface area and chemical tolerance. Electrochemically processed graphene sheets were obtained through the reduction of graphene oxide from hydrazine hydrate. The prepared samples were heated to different temperatures such as 673 and 873 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectra and conductivity measurements were made for as-prepared and heat-treated graphene samples. XRD pattern of graphene shows a sharp and intensive peak centred at a diffraction angle (2𝜃) of 26.350. FTIR spectra of as-prepared and heated graphene were used to confirm the oxidation of graphite. TEM results indicated that the defect density and number of layers of graphene sheets were varied with heating temperature. The hexagonal sheet morphology and purity of as-prepared and heat treated samples were confirmed by SEM–EDX and Raman spectroscopy. The conductivity measurements revealed that the conductivity of graphene was decreased with an increase in heating temperature. The present study explains that graphene with enhanced functional properties can be achieved from the as-prepared sample.
Volume 42 | Issue 3