Effect of wrinkles on the surface area of graphene: Toward the design of nanoelectronics

Zhao Qin, Michael Taylor, Mary Hwang, Katia Bertoldi, Markus J. Buehler

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Graphene has attracted intense attention to the use in extreme applications. However, its small thickness facilitates wrinkle formation, and it is not clear how such structural change affects its area-specific capacitance. Herein, we combine molecular dynamics and continuum mechanics-based simulations to study the changes in surface area induced by wrinkles. We find that the high specific surface area of graphene can only be affected up to 2% regardless of loading conditions, geometry, and defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6520-6525
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 12 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Graphene
  • MD simulations
  • graphene wrinkling
  • surface area

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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