Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering - (M.S.)


Committee for the Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science and Engineering

First Advisor

N. M. Ravindra

Second Advisor

Michael Jaffe

Third Advisor

Peter Kaufman

Fourth Advisor

Halina Opyrchal


Graphene has become a promising material for applications in many areas including electronic devices, batteries and space crafts. Although it has a bright future, the commercial production of graphene has not yet been realized. In this thesis, an overview of the properties and applications of graphene is presented. The early research of preparing graphene and its composites is summarized, which gives the basis to synthesize graphene and improve the process. In this study, graphene oxide (GO) and graphene have been successfully made using graphite; graphene layer has been coated on the surface of a silicon wafer. The resulting specimens are characterized by Raman spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to identify the composition of the resulting films. Current-Voltage (I-V) measurements are performed to determine the electrical properties of graphene on silicon. Conclusions are made based on the test results.