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Rapid reproduction of complex images in graphite by laser etching and exfoliation

1 Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom
2 Physics Department, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom

Topical Section: 2D Materials

We describe a means to produce thin layers of carbon, graphene multilayers, using laser etching followed by exfoliation. Complex macroscopic images can be produced in minutes. The laser need only mark the top-most layers of graphene for the image to become permanent down to the glass substrate. We use the technique to produce artwork for proof of principle results. With refinement the methodology should also enable patterning of novel graphene electronic and optoelectronic devices.
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Keywords graphite; graphene layers; laser machining; exfoliation; art; manufacturing

Citation: Derek Michael Forrester, Hsuan-Hsiou Forrester. Rapid reproduction of complex images in graphite by laser etching and exfoliation. AIMS Materials Science, 2017, 4(2): 413-420. doi: 10.3934/matersci.2017.2.413


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