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Recent graphene News

GRAMOFON project aims to capture co2 with the help of graphene aerogels

Dec 08, 2016

Project GRAMOFON, a 3.5 year project that started in October 2016, aims to establish a process for efficient CO2 capture by innovative adsorbents based on modified graphene aerogels and MOF materials. The EU will contribute nearly €4.2 million to the project.

The key objectives of GRAMOFON projects are:

  • to develop and prototype a new energy and cost-competitive dry separation process for post-combustion CO2 capture based on innovative hybrid porous solids Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and Graphene Oxide nanostructures.
  • to optimize the CO2 desorption process by means of Microwave Swing Desorption (MSD) and Joule effect, that will surpass the efficiency of the conventional heating procedures.

Graphene-enhanced street lighting fixtures are being deployed in China

Dec 08, 2016

Reports out of China state that graphene-based road lighting fixtures are being installed in 28 streets in Beijing, which are said to be up to 30% more energy efficient than current fixtures. These graphene lamps can reportedly reach 140 lumens per watt, which means the new lamps can be much brighter than currently used ones, that produce 110 lumens per watt.

The fixtures' exteriors are made of black and grey composite materials and most of the heat-conducting adhesives and chips inside are said to be produced with graphene. The Chinese official PR mentioned a company called MS Technology but its exact role is not clear. It is said to be "a company focusing on heat dispersing materials research and the firm that first invented graphene lamps that were put into mass production".

Graphene and hBN shown to significantly enhance the performance of a working fuel cell

Dec 08, 2016

Researchers at The University of Manchester, UK, have tested graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) in the membrane area of fuel cell. The reported results show a rather exciting reduction in crossover (diffusion of methanol from anode to cathode through the membrane that causes short-circuits) with no changes in proton conductivity and a performance improvement of up to 50%.

Graphene and hBN improve fuel cells image

Fuel cells, devices that convert the chemical energy of fuel directly into electrical energy through oxidation-reduction reactions, are considered to have potential for use in future energy applications as they are efficient and clean. Methanol fuel cells are widely favored due to their usage of methnaol as a liquid fuel, simplicity in operation, higher energy density of methnaol fuel and more. A major hindrance to commercialization,though, is methanol crossover taking place in the membrane area of fuel cells, leading to short circuits and greatly affecting overall performance.

Novel graphene nano-calligraphy method holds potential for improved sensors

Dec 08, 2016

Scientists at The University of Manchester in the UK and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have designed a method to chemically modify small regions of graphene with high precision, leading to extreme miniaturization of chemical and biological sensors which can be used in blood tests, minimizing the amount of blood a patient is required to give.

Manchester graphene writing method for sensors image

The team has shown that it is possible to combine graphene with chemical and biological molecules and form patterns. Using technology that resembles writing with a fountain pen, the scientists were able to deliver chemical droplets to the surface of graphene in very small volumes. In order to achieve extremely fine chemical patterns, the researchers used droplets of chemicals less than 100 attolitres (10-16 L) in volume - that’s 1/10,000,000,000,000,000th of a liter!

Nanjing team develops graphene oxide-based solar desalination system

Dec 05, 2016

Researchers from the Chinese Nanjing University have reportedly developed a graphene oxide-based solar desalination system that does not require a solar concentrator or thermal insulation. Featuring a confined 2D water channel, the system is able to achieve high levels of solar absorption and effective desalination.

The research team stated that it used a graphene oxide film as the basis for a device. The graphene oxide film is said to be foldable and produced using a scalable process. With this at the core of the system, the researchers believe that the development represents "a concrete step for solar desalination to emerge as a complementary portable and personalized clean water solution".

Nanomedical Diagnostics starts shipping its graphene-based sensors, explains its technology and business to Graphene-Info

Dec 04, 2016

San Diego-based Nanomedical Diagnostics, established in late 2013 to develop cutting-edge diagnostics equipment, recently started shipping its graphene-based sensors and the AGILE R100 system which allows for real-time detection of small molecules - with no lower size limit. Nanomedical's graphene-based sensors enable faster sample processing, greater accuracy, portability and cost savings.

Nanomedical Diagnostics Agile R100 photo

TThe company's CEO, Ross Bundy, was kind enough to explain the company's technology and business to us.

Researchers design a novel method of graphene production using laser-induced phase separation

Dec 04, 2016

Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and KAIST have designed a graphene synthesis mechanism using laser-induced solid-state phase separation of single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC). According to the scientists, the laser material interaction technology can be a powerful tool for the next generation of 2D materials.

Graphene production technique by laser image

Using molecular dynamic simulations and high resolution microscope images, the researchers discovered that a single-pulse irradiation of xenon chloride excimer laser of 30 nanoseconds melts SiC, causing the separation of a liquid SiC layer, a disordered carbon layer with graphitic domains (approximately 2.5 nm thick) on the top surface and a polycrystalline silicon layer (roughly 5 nm) below the carbon layer. The sublimation of the separated silicon is caused when additional pulses are given, while the disordered carbon layer is changed into a multilayer graphene.