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Electrical Conductivity Modeling of Graphene-based Conductor Materials

: Rizzi, L.; Zienert, A.; Schuster, J.; Köhne, M.; Schulz, S.E.


ACS applied materials & interfaces 10 (2018), Nr.49, S.43088-43094
ISSN: 1944-8244
ISSN: 0013-936X
ISSN: 1944-8252
Fraunhofer ENAS ()

Graphene-based conductors such as films and fibers aim to transfer graphene’s extraordinary properties to the macroscopic scale. They show great potential for large-scale applications, but there is a lack of theoretical models to describe their electrical characteristics. We present a network simulation method to model the electrical conductivity of graphene-based conductors. The method considers all of the relevant microscopic parameters such as graphene flake conductivity, interlayer conductivity, packing density, and flake size. To provide a mathematical framework, we derive an analytical expression, which reproduces the essential features of the network model. We also find good agreement with experimental data. Our results offer production guidelines and enable the systematic optimization of high-performance graphene-based conductor materials. A generalization of the model to any conductor based on two-dimensional materials is straightforward.