Laser-induced porous graphene films from commercial polymers

Jian Lin, Zhiwei Peng, Yuanyue Liu, Francisco Ruiz-Zepeda, Ruquan Ye, Errol L.G. Samuel, Miguel Jose Yacaman, Boris I. Yakobson, James M. Tour

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The cost effective synthesis and patterning of carbon nanomaterials is a challenge in electronic and energy storage devices. Here we report a one-step, scalable approach for producing and patterning porous graphene films with three-dimensional networks from commercial polymer films using a CO2 infrared laser. The sp3 -carbon atoms are photothermally converted to sp2 -carbon atoms by pulsed laser irradiation. The resulting laser-induced graphene (LIG) exhibits high electrical conductivity. The LIG can be readily patterned to interdigitated electrodes for in-plane microsupercapacitors with specific capacitances of >4 mF cm-2 and power densities of ∼9 mW cm-2. Theoretical calculations partially suggest that enhanced capacitance may result from LIG's unusual ultra-polycrystalline lattice of pentagon-heptagon structures. Combined with the advantage of one-step processing of LIG in air from commercial polymer sheets, which would allow the employment of a roll-to-roll manufacturing process, this technique provides a rapid route to polymer-written electronic and energy storage devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5714
JournalNature Communications
StatePublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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