<p>Bilayer and few layer-graphene (Gr) with noble metal (Ag and Au) and TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized using atmospheric pressure radio frequency chemical vapor deposition (APRF-CVD). The precursors for the formation of the respective nanoparticles were dissolved in ethanol and injected into the APRF-CVD containing a Cu foil catalyst at 1000 °C. The graphene obtained had a blistered morphology similar to bubble-wrap. The bubble-like protrusions on the graphene sheet were caused by large nanoparticle clusters (~220 nm) formed below the graphene sheets. Smaller nanoparticles (10-80 nm) were also observed on top of the graphene sheets. Encapsulation of the nanoparticles with graphene, to yield core-shell particles was observed. Similarly, secondary growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) from the Au nanoparticles was observed. The average full width half maxima (FWHM) of 2D bands in the Raman spectra indicate that the graphene formed was predominantly bilayer graphene for Gr-TiO2 (55 ± 1.72 cm-1), and few-layer graphene for Gr-Ag (76 ± 22 cm-1) and Gr-Au (88 ± 4.7 cm-1). Raman spectroscopy also showed evidence for the doping of graphene and surface-enhanced Raman sensitivity (SERS) in the materials. These electronic properties of graphene with nanoparticles are relevant to various applications such as optoelectronics, catalysis, chemical and biological sensing.</p>
S. Ramakrishnan, Jelmy, E. J., Senthilkumar, R., Rangarajan, M., and Kothurkar, N. K., “One-Step RF-CVD Method for the Synthesis of Graphene Decorated with Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles.”, J Nanosci Nanotechnol, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1089-1096, 2018.