Tuning the Friction of Graphene on Mica by Alcohol Intercalation

Edwin Dollekamp* (Corresponding Author), Pantelis Bampoulis, Martin H. Siekman, E. Stefan Kooij, Harold J.W. Zandvliet (Corresponding Author)

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The friction of graphene on mica was studied using lateral force microscopy. We observed that intercalation of alcohol molecules significantly increases the friction of graphene, as compared to water. An increase of 1.8, 2.4, and 5.9 times in friction between the atomic force microscopy tip and single-layer graphene was observed for methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol, respectively. Moreover, the friction of graphene is found to be higher for single-layer graphene than for multilayer graphene. We attribute the increase in friction to the additional vibrational modes of alcohol molecules. The significant variation of the frictional characteristics of graphene at the nanoscale by altering the intercalant could open up applications for the next-generation nanolubricants and nanodevices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4886-4892
Number of pages7
Issue number14
Early online date18 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019


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