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Large-scale mechanical peeling of boron nitride nanosheets by low-energy ball milling

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2011, 00:00 authored by Luhua LiLuhua Li, Ying (Ian) ChenYing (Ian) Chen, G Behan, H Zhang, M Petravic, Alexey Glushenkov
Mechanical cleavage by Scotch tape was the first method to produce graphene and is still widely used in laboratories. However, a critical problem of this method is the extremely low yield. We have tailored ball milling conditions to produce gentle shear forces that produce high quality boron nitride (BN) nanosheets in high yield and efficiency. The in-plane structure of the BN nanosheets has not been damaged as shown by near edge X-ray absorption fine structure measurements. The benzyl benzoate acts as the milling agent to reduce the ball impacts and milling contamination. This method is applicable to any layered materials for producing nanosheets.

History

Journal

Journal of materials chemistry

Volume

21

Issue

32

Pagination

11862 - 11866

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

Location

Cambridge, England

ISSN

0959-9428

eISSN

1364-5501

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, The Royal Society of Chemistry