2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Graphene, Graphene Oxide, and Nanocellulose as Nanomaterials

Alex P. Stricklin
Dawood Afzal, Faculty Mentor

Graphene is the 2-D, honeycomb lattice allotrope of carbon. Graphene Oxide, (GO) , is the oxidized version of graphene, having holes in the lattice due to the presence of oxygen. Crystalline Nanocellulose, (CNC), is cellulose formed in nano sized needle like crystals. All three are promising as nanomaterials due to the abundance of naturally occurring cellulose and carbon. The purpose of this research is to modify the graphene, GO, and CNC with different functional groups and then make graphene/CNC and GO/CNC nanocomposites to see the difference in functionalities of different functional groups. We prepared GO from existing graphene. IR of GO is inconclusive due to the amorphous nature of graphene and GO. We modified CNC using an esterification process with a successful preparation of a CNC ester as confirmed by IR. The ester degrades over the course of two weeks, as seen in follow up IR scans. 


Keywords: Graphene, Crystalline Nanocellulose, Graphene Oxide, Nanomaterials


Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 6-7
Location: https://flipgrid.com/ebc10430
Time: 0:00

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