Adv. Mater.: 3D Printing of Ultralight Biomimetic Hierarchical Graphene Materials with Exceptional Stiffness and Resilience



3D Printing of Ultralight Biomimetic Hierarchical Graphene Materials with Exceptional Stiffness and Resilience


Meiwen Peng, Zhen Wen, Lingjie Xie, Jian Cheng, Zheng Jia, Danli Shi, Huajie Zeng, Bo Zhao, Zhiqiang Liang,* Teng Li,* and Lin Jiang*


Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM). Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials & Devices and Joint International Research Laboratory of Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University. Suzhou 215123, Jiangsu, P. R. China.

Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Maryland College Park College Park, MD 20742, USA.

Department of Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University.


Biological materials with hierarchical architectures (e.g., a macroscopic hollow structure and a microscopic cellular structure) offer unique inspiration for designing   and manufacturing advanced biomimetic materials with outstanding mechanical performance and low density. Most conventional biomimetic materials only benefit from bioinspired architecture at a single length scale (e.g., microscopic material structure), which largely limits the mechanical performance of the resulting materials. There exists great potential to maxime the mechanical performance of biomimetic materials by leveraging a bioinspired hierarchical structure. An ink-based three-dimensional (3D) printing strategy to manufacture an ultralight biomimetic hierarchical graphene material (BHGMs) with exceptionally high stiffness and resilience is demonstrated. By simultaneously engineering 3D-printed macroscopic hollow structures and constructing an ice-crystal-induced cellular microstructure, BHGMs can achieve ultrahigh elasticity and stability at compressive strains up to 95%. Multiscale finite element analyses indicate that the hierarchical structures of BHGMs effectively reduce the macroscopic strain and transform the microscopic compressive deformation into the rotation and bending of the interconnected graphene flakes. This 3D printing strategy demonstrates the great potential that exists for the assembly of other functional materials into hierarchical cellular structures for various applications where high stiffness and resilience at low density are simultaneously required.




Editor: Wenchang Zhu


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