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Graphene-based artificial nacre nanocomposites

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With its extraordinary properties as the strongest and stiffest material ever measured and the best-known electrical conductor, graphene could have promising applications in many fields, especially in the area of nanocomposites. However, processing graphene-based nanocomposites is very difficult. So far, graphene-based nanocomposites exhibit rather poor properties. Nacre, the gold standard for biomimicry, provides an excellent example and guidelines for assembling two-dimensional nanosheets into high performance nanocomposites. The inspiration from nacre overcomes the bottleneck of traditional approaches for constructing nanocomposites, such as poor dispersion, low loading, and weak interface interactions. This tutorial review summarizes recent research on graphene-based artificial nacre nanocomposites and focuses on the design of interface interactions and synergistic effects for constructing high performance nanocomposites. This tutorial review also focuses on a perspective of the dynamic area of graphene-based nanocomposites, commenting on whether the concept is viable and practical, on what has been achieved to date, and most importantly, what is likely to be achieved in the future.

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The article was received on 28 Oct 2015 and first published on 04 Apr 2016

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00258C
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Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016,45, 2378-2395
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    Graphene-based artificial nacre nanocomposites

    Y. Zhang, S. Gong, Q. Zhang, P. Ming, S. Wan, J. Peng, L. Jiang and Q. Cheng, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 2378
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00258C

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