Toughening graphene with topological defects: A perspective

Teng Zhang, Huajian Gao

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The low fracture toughness of graphene has raised sharp questions about its strength in the presence of crack-like flaws. Here, we discuss a number of recent studies that suggest some promising routes as well as open questions on the possibility of toughening graphene with controlled distributions of topological defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051001
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Graphene
  • Topological defects
  • Toughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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