A robust wetting‐induced climbing strategy to transfer an interfacially assembled pristine graphene film is developed. This strategy quickly converts a solvent‐exfoliated graphene dispersion into a large‐area ultrathin graphene film on various substrates with different materials, shapes, and hydrophobic/hydrophilic patterns. It is applicable to other solvent‐exfoliated nanomaterials and allows alternate climbing of different ultrathin nanomaterial films, forming layered composite films. Abstract Owing to inherent 2D structure, marvelous mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties, graphene has great potential as a macroscopic thin film for surface coating, composite, flexible electrode, and sensor. Nevertheless, the production of large‐area graphene‐based thin film from pristine graphene dispersion is severely impeded by its poor solution processability. In this study, a robust wetting‐induced climbing strategy is reported for transferring the interfacially assembled large‐area ultrathin pristine graphene film. This strategy can quickly convert solvent‐exfoliated pristine graphene dispersion into ultrathin graphene film on various substrates with different materials (glass, metal, plastics, and cloth), shapes (film, fiber, and bulk), and hydrophobic/hydrophilic patterns. It is also applicable to nanoparticles, nanofibers, and other exfoliated 2D nanomaterials for fabricating large‐area ultrathin films. Alternate climbing of different ultrathin nanomaterial films allows a layer‐by‐layer transfer, forming a well‐ordered layered composite film with the integration of multiple pristine nanomaterials at nanometer scale. This powerful strategy would greatly promote the development of solvent‐exfoliated pristine nanomaterials from dispersions to macroscopic thin film materials.
Published in: "Advanced Materials".