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      Reduced graphene oxide nanosheets; graphene oxide nanosheets; sodium oxalate; thermal stability; electrical conductivity.

    • Abstract


      The reduction of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheet is a promising route to produce a stable colloidal dispersion of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets in a large scale. The production of RGO nanosheet is one of the important topics in nanotechnology disciplines due to its contribution in various applications, such as the platinum catalyst support in direct methanol fuel cell. Therefore, in this paper, the RGO nanosheets were prepared via highly efficient chemical reduction reaction of exfoliated GO nanosheets using sodium oxalate (Na2C2O4) as the reducing agent. Extensive characterizations have been conducted in terms of structural, thermal stability and electrical conductivity properties by means of high-resolution transmission microscopy, the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV–visible spectroscopy, 13C NMR and four-point probe conductivity measurement. The results indicate that most of oxygen-containing functional groups from GO nanosheets have been removed and the RGO-3 possess greater thermal stability compared to GO nanosheets. The prepared RGO-3 shows the highest electrical conductivity at room temperature which is ∼ 2.0 × 103 S m−1. Based on these analyses, the plausible mechanism of reduction of GO to RGO by sodium oxalate is well proposed.

    • Author Affiliations


      Mohamad Fahrul Radzi Hanifah1 2 Juhana Jaafar1 Madzlan Aziz2 A F Ismail1 M H D Othman1 Mukhlis A Rahman1

      1. Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC), Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
      2. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
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