Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 148–157 | Cite as

Producing Conductive Graphene–Nanocellulose Paper in One-pot

  • Ruibin Wang
  • Qianli Ma
  • Huilong Zhang
  • Zhengqiang Ma
  • Rendang Yang
  • J. Y. ZhuEmail author
Original Paper


This paper reports a facile one-pot method to produce graphene oxide nanocellulose composite (GNCC) that was subsequently reduced using l-ascorbic acid to form a conductive paper (CP). Cellulose fibers were directly added into the reaction system during graphite exfoliation using sulfuric acid to produce cellulose nano- or microfibrils through acid hydrolysis along with mechancial mixing. FTIR and Raman analyses indicated that reduction using l-ascorbic acid efficiently produced a well-deoxygenated CP with high conductivity of 116.3 ± 1.5 S m−1 at 20% graphene oxide loading. Furthermore, the presence of cellulose nano- or microfibrils improved CP thermal stability with onset degradation Tonset of 319 °C as well as mechanical properties with a specific tensile of 19 N mg−1. This one-pot method substantially simplified the GNCC production process and has practical significance.


One-pot Graphene oxide Cellulose Conductive paper Thermal stablility 



We acknowledge the financial support from US Forest Service, USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive (Grant No. 2011-67009-20056), and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) that made the visiting appointments of Wang and Ma at the Forest Products Laboratory possible.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper EngineeringSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Forest Products Laboratory, U. S. Forest ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Electrical and Computer EgineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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