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Comparative studies on single-layer reduced graphene oxide films obtained by electrochemical reduction and hydrazine vapor reduction

Zhijuan Wang1, Shixin Wu1, Juan Zhang1, Peng Chen12, Guocheng Yang3, Xiaozhu Zhou1, Qichun Zhang1, Qingyu Yan1 and Hua Zhang1*

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1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singaporea

2 Center for Biomimetic Sensor Science, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637553, Singapore

3 School of Chemistry and Life Science, Changchun University of Technology, 2055 Yan'an Street, Changchun, Jilin 130012, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:161  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-161

Published: 29 February 2012

Abstract

The comparison between two kinds of single-layer reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets, obtained by reduction of graphene oxide (GO) with the electrochemical method and hydrazine vapor reduction, referred to as E-rGO and C-rGO, respectively, is systematically studied. Although there is no morphology difference between the E-rGO and C-rGO films adsorbed on solid substrates observed by AFM, the reduction process to obtain the E-rGO and C-rGO films is quite different. In the hydrazine vapor reduction, the nitrogen element is incorporated into the obtained C-rGO film, while no additional element is introduced to the E-rGO film during the electrochemical reduction. Moreover, Raman spectra show that the electrochemical method is more effective than the hydrazine vapor reduction method to reduce the GO films. In addition, E-rGO shows better electrocatalysis towards dopamine than does C-rGO. This study is helpful for researchers to understand these two different reduction methods and choose a suitable one to reduce GO based on their experimental requirements.