Thermal conductivity and mechanical durability of graphene composite films containing polymer-filled connected multilayer graphene patterns

Jian Cheng Bi, Hyesun Yun, Minsong Cho, Min Gi Kwak, Byeong Kwon Ju, Youngmin Kim

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Due to its high thermal conductivity, graphene has received much attention as a thermal interface material (TIM) for dissipating heat, which would otherwise be accumulated in heat sources, to heatsinks. However, the weak interlayer force induces tearing of graphene under repeated deformation; hence, the application of graphene as a TIM in the manufacturing of flexible electronics has been limited. To overcome this hurdle, the graphene composite (GC) films, in which thermoplastic polymers were infiltrated into connected multilayer graphene (MLG) patterns, were fabricated in this study. While the connected MLG patterns attained high in-plane thermal conductivity (κx), the polymers prevented tearing of the graphene. To investigate the effect of the graphene content on the κx of the GC films, the area of MLG patterns was carefully adjusted by coating a graphene solution through metal masks with various opening sizes. The κx of the GC-4 film was calculated as 53 W/m·K, which was slightly changed after 10,000 folding test cycles with a 1.5-mm bending radius.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17789-17794
Number of pages6
JournalCeramics International
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program (No. 20011089 , Development of thermal conductive film and bonding material for flexible display with 300WmK in plane thermal conductivity) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE, Korea) . Further support was provided by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE, Korea) (grant number 20013097 , Development of technology for optimizing manufacturing thermally conductive component using spherical aluminum oxide).

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© 2022 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l.


  • Flexible
  • Folding test
  • High thermal conductivity
  • Multilayer graphene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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