Graphene coating makes copper more resistant to plastic deformation

Xiaofei Zhu, Yinbo Zhao, Laipeng Ma, Guangping Zhang, Weicai Ren, Xianghe Peng, Ning Hu, Llew Rintoul, John M. Bell, Cheng Yan

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Nanoindentation tests and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are conducted to investigate the effect of graphene (Gr) coating on the deformation behavior of a <001> orientation copper (Cu) substrate. Distinct displacement burst (pop-in) is observed in the load-depth curve, which is due to the fracture of the Gr coating. Compared to bare Cu, the MD simulations indicate different dislocation activities at the Gr/Cu interface. The effect of image stress confinement on the glide of dislocations in Cu is considered to be the reason responsible for the increased hardness in the Gr/Cu system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalComposites Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • copper
  • dislocation mobility
  • graphene
  • molecular dynamics
  • nanoindentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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