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Graphene nanoplatelets have been synthesized by ball milling of synthetic graphite and its structural features studied by x-ray analysis using Mo Kα radiation followed by the proposal of a possible molecular arrangement using AVOGADRO® software. Additional characterization using complementary techniques was also performed. The radial and total distribution functions of the coordination number, as well as atomic distances within short-range order, revealed that oxygen atoms were incorporated into the material produced after 24 h of grinding.

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The structural disorder parameter (ξ) was found to be ~ 3.5, as well as superposition between the second and third coordination spheres (r ~ 2.4 × 10−1 nm), which can be attributed to the presence of oxygen atoms, as suggested by localized defects.

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This page is a summary of: Radial Distribution Function Analysis and Molecular Simulation of Graphene Nanoplatelets Obtained by Mechanical Ball Milling, JOM, January 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-020-04499-5.
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