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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2010, Article ID 481753, 6 pages
Research Article

Thermal Conductivity of a Monolayer of Exfoliated Graphite Nanoplatelets Prepared by Liquid-Liquid Interfacial Self-Assembly

Composite Materials and Structures Center, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1226, USA

Received 26 August 2010; Accepted 31 October 2010

Academic Editor: P. Panine

Copyright © 2010 Jinglei Xiang and Lawrence T. Drzal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A monolayer film composed of exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets (xGnPs) was extracted from a chloroform-water interface and supported on a glass substrate. The nanoplatelets are interconnected at the edges without overlapping forming a very densely packed structure with uniform thickness. Micro-Raman spectroscopy with a 50 mW 532 nm laser generating heat at the center of a xGnP sample was used to probe the thermal conductivity of the xGnP monolayer at different power levels. The Raman G peak shift of graphite was used to record the local temperature rise in the monolayer. The cross-sectional area of heat conduction is determined by the thickness of individual nanoplatelets. A UV-Vis spectrometer was used to measure the absorption of light by the monolayer. Depending on the interface density, the thermal conductivities are around 380 W/m K and 290 W/m K for monolayers with average particle size of 10 μm and 5 μm, respectively.