Fundamentals and emergent applications


  • Jamie Warner, Department of Materials, University of Oxford
  • Franziska Schaffel, Department of Materials, University of Oxford
  • Mark Rummeli, Molecular Nanostructures, Leibniz Institute
  • Alicja Bachmatiuk, Molecular Nanostructures, Leibniz Institute

Providing fundamental knowledge necessary to understand graphene’s atomic structure, band-structure, unique properties and an overview of groundbreaking current and emergent applications, this new handbook is essential reading for materials scientists, chemists and physicists.

Since the 2010 physics Nobel Prize awarded to Geim and Novosolev for their groundbreaking work isolating graphene from bulk graphite, there has been a huge surge in interest in the area. This has led to a large number of news books on graphene. However, for such a vast inflow of new entrants, the current literature is surprisingly slight, focusing exclusively on current research or books on previous "hot topic" allotropes of carbon.

This book covers fundamental groundwork of the structure, property, characterization methods and applications of graphene, along with providing the necessary knowledge of graphene’s atomic structure, how it relates to its band-structure and how this in turn leads to the amazing properties of graphene. And so it provides new graduate students and post-docs with a resource that equips them with the knowledge to undertake their research.

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Provides new chemistry, physics and materials science graduate students and post-docs with the essential knowledge needed to undertake their research.


Book information

  • Published: December 2012
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-394593-8


"As ‘the building block for understanding the structure of fullerenes, nanotubes, and graphite,’ graphene promises to solve many problems related to a range of materials applications. Writing for senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students in materials sciences, Warner…and collaborators present six ‘relatively self-contained’ chapters intended to convey the necessary basic information about graphene in relation to a broad variety of topics."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

1.1 The discovery of Graphene

1.2 World-wide phenomenon - The history of graphene expansion

1.3 Trends in carbon nanomaterials: From fullerenes to nanotubes to graphene.

2. The atomic structure of graphene and its few-layer counterparts

2.1 Graphene

2.2 Bilayer, trilayer and few-layer graphene

2.3 Relationship of graphene to carbon nanotubes

3. Properties of graphene

3.1 Electrical properties

3.2 Electron spin properties

3.3 Mechanical properties

3.4 Thermal properties

4. Methods for obtaining graphene

4.1 Mechanical exfoliation

4.2 Solution phase chemical exfoliation

4.3 Reduction of graphene oxide

4.4 Bottom-up synthesis from molecular precursors

4.5 Chemical vapour deposition using catalytic metals

4.6 Silicon carbide growth

4.7 Transfer to arbitrary substrates

5. Characterization techniques

5.1 Optical microscopy

5.2 Raman Spectroscopy

5.3 Transmission Electron Microscopy

5.4 Scanning Electron Microscopy

5.5 Electron Diffraction

5.6 Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

5.7 Atomic Force Microscopy

5.8 Hall Mobility and Field Effect Transistor Mobility

6. Applications of graphene

6.1 Electronic devices

6.2 Spintronics

6.3 Transparent conducting electrodes

6.4 Nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS)

6.5 Free-standing membranes

7. Future directions of graphene research

Nominated contributor list

Dr Fransizka Shaeffel - University of Oxford, UK

Dr Huaqiang Cao - Tsinghua University, China

Dr Alicjia Bachmatiuk - IFW Dresden, Germany

Dr Mark Ruemmeli - IFW Dresden, Germany

Dr Jun Luo - Tsinghua University, China

Dr Yasuhiro Ito - AIST, Japan