Ultratough artificial nacre based on conjugated cross-linked graphene oxide

Qunfeng Cheng, Mengxi Wu, Lei Jiang

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Inspired by the natural nacre, we developed a novel strategy for fabricating the integration of supertough and high strength artificial nacre based on GO sheets via conjugated cross-linking. Highly π-conjugated long chain molecules of 10, 12-pentacosadiyn-1-o1 (PCDO) are cross-linked with GO sheets only with content of 6.5 wt%, resulting in huge displacement when loading and adsorption of much more fracture energy. The toughness is two times higher than that of natural nacre. Furthermore, the n-conjugated polymers could add additional benefit to the high electrical conductivity of the chemically reduced GO (rGO). This study opens the door toward biomimetic production of GO- or rGO-based composites with supertough and highly conductive properties, which will have great promising applications in many fields like aerospace, flexible supercapacitor electrodes, artificial muscle, and tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2013 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2013
Subtitle of host publication12-16 May 2013, Washington, DC, United States
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventNanotechnology Conference and Trade Show (Nanotech) 2013 - Washington, United States of America
Duration: 12 May 201316 May 2013


ConferenceNanotechnology Conference and Trade Show (Nanotech) 2013
Abbreviated titleNanotech 2013 / NSTI 2013
CountryUnited States of America
OtherNanotechnology 2013: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational - 2013 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2013


  • Artificial nacre
  • Bio-inspired
  • Graphene oxide
  • Mechanical properties

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