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Understanding the Effects of Environmental Exposure on Surface Related Properties of Graphene, Graphite, and Rare Earth Oxides

Salim, Muhammad (2019) Understanding the Effects of Environmental Exposure on Surface Related Properties of Graphene, Graphite, and Rare Earth Oxides. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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There is a good understanding of surface chemistry in vacuum, but not for materials in real environments. Fully understanding the surface properties of materials in ambient environment plays an important role in realizing their potential applications toward other fields of chemistry. This dissertation focuses on how the environment alters the surface chemistry and properties of different materials. My work has three parts: graphitic carbon, rare earth oxides, and graphene fibers. Various surface analysis techniques are utilized to investigate and characterize the relevant surface properties of carbon and rare earth oxide materials and their contaminations due to exposure in real environments. Results from such work is further used to probe and manipulate the effect of surface chemistry on the adhesion chemistry of graphene fibers, ultimately changing its respective mechanical properties.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Salim, Muhammadmgs28@pitt.edu0000-0002-1208-2256
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLiu,
Committee MemberStar,
Committee MemberLei,
Committee MemberHernández Sánchez, Raú
Date: 26 September 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 March 2019
Approval Date: 26 September 2019
Submission Date: 23 September 2019
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 114
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Chemistry
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: graphene, graphite, tensile, contamination, VOC, carbon fiber, adsorption
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 14:57
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2020 05:15


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