Bio-inspired borate cross-linking in ultra-stiff graphene oxide thin films

Zhi An, Owen C. Compton, Karl W. Putz, L. Catherine Brinson*, Sonbinh T. Nguyen

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Adjacent graphene oxide nanosheets in a thin-film structure have been covalently cross-linked in a fashion similar to the cell walls of higher-order plants. The resulting ultra-stiff structure exhibits a maximum storage modulus of 127 GPa that can be tuned by varying borate concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3842-3846
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number33
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • graphene
  • graphene oxide
  • nanostructures
  • self-assembly
  • thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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