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  • PPE and Safety for Chemical Handling

    PPE and Safety for Chemical Handling
    May 18, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    The 2020 COVID-19 crisis has created a global conversation about personal protective equipment, commonly known as PPE. Individuals who have never given PPE a single thought are now freely discussing the differences between standard masks and certified N95 masks and their respective abilities to protect against infection. While PPE is, for the vast majority of people, a new topic, for laboratory workers, having the right PPE has been at the forefront of lab safety for years. Advanced chemical research, especially research involving nanomaterials, requires careful attention to the latest …

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  • Graphene, E-textiles, and the Future of Fashion

    Graphene, E-textiles, and the Future of Fashion
    Mar 27, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    Graphene is the strongest, thinnest, lightest material known. With the thickness of a single atom, remarkable electrical and thermal conductivity, and strength greater than steel, scientists and researchers across the globe are enthusiastically searching for ways to integrate this wonder material into twenty-first century textiles. To get a handle on the potential graphene offers for the fashion industry, it’s important to first understand the distinctions between wearables, smart clothing, and e-textiles.

    Wearables and smart clothing are physical devices with sensors that provide …

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  • Graphene and Its Uses in Organic Solar Cells

    Graphene and Its Uses in Organic Solar Cells
    Mar 15, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    In a world that’s increasingly run on electronics, finding inexpensive, renewable energy that’s also versatile and portable has become the number one priority for researchers near and far. One of the most obvious sources for low-cost, abundant energy is, of course, the sun, but converting the sun’s energy into usable electricity efficiently and inexpensively has proven to be a challenge. And, while it’s true that solar power technology is advancing at a rapid pace, it’s still difficult to imagine using the sun exclusively to power portable electronic devices such as phones, tablets, …

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  • The Role of Graphene in Fighting Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria

    The Role of Graphene in Fighting Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria
    Feb 28, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    For more than 70 years, antibiotics have been used successfully to treat patients with a variety of bacterial diseases, but this flood of antibiotic usage has had one very significant unintended consequence: bacteria have evolved to become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are proving to be a serious, growing global health threat. In addition, it’s important to note that recent years have seen no significant advances in antibiotics. In summary, the world has a limited number of antibiotics and the number of bacteria that are resistant to this arsenal is …

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  • Reasons to Choose ACS Material When Buying Graphene

    Reasons to Choose ACS Material When Buying Graphene
    Feb 10, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has been changing the technological world with its near-miraculous properties and diverse applications. On its own, it’s invisible to the naked eye, but it’s revolutionizing everything from tennis rackets to touchscreens and sports gear to solar cells. While it might sound like science fiction, the limitless business potential of graphene is very real, and getting it is easier than you might think. Keep reading to learn why you can count on ACS Material, suppliers of top-quality graphene products, for your industrial and commercial needs. But first, …

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  • Comparing Graphene and Graphyne

    Comparing Graphene and Graphyne
    Jan 31, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    What's the difference between Graphene and Graphyne?

    Impossibly tiny, unseen particles that can be used for the applications described below as well as many other things may seem like something out of futuristic science fiction stories, but, in fact, a new class of materials is reshaping the world as we know it today. Nanomaterials, defined as products no larger than 100 nanometers thick (for comparison, a human hair is roughly 80,000 nanometers thick), are responsible for a relentless coalition of innovations that promise to solve many of the world’s most vexing problems. Here are some …

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  • What Are Nanoplatelets?

    What Are Nanoplatelets?
    Jan 21, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    Graphene Nanoplatelets

    In 2004, two researchers at the University of Manchester, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, used a piece of tape to separate a single-atom-thick layer of carbon from graphite and successfully transferred that layer onto a thin SiO wafer. This single layer of carbon atoms bonded together in a simple hexagonal structure is called graphene and its isolation earned Geim and Novoselov the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics. Since then, graphene has captured the imaginations of innovators, engineers, and researchers around the globe because of its unique and exciting combination of …

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  • Graphene: Super Strength for the 21st Century

    Graphene: Super Strength for the 21st Century
    Jan 08, 2020 | ACS MATERIAL, LLC

    The World of Carbon

    Peek deep inside a dark, chalky chunk of graphite and a clear, bright diamond and you’ll discover a startling truth: these radically different materials are, in fact, fundamentally the same–they’re both made exclusively from carbon. The different properties of graphite and diamonds are the result of the way individual carbon atoms bond together.

    These different bonding patterns are called allotropes of carbon. When carbon atoms bond trigonally to three other carbon atoms in a plane of hexagonal rings and stacks of these planes are held together with van der Waals …

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  • Nanoparticles: The Next Generation of Biomaterials

    Nanoparticles: The Next Generation of Biomaterials
    Dec 31, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    Modern engineered nanomaterials are having a significant and exciting impact in a wide variety of industries, but nowhere is this impact more profound than in the fields of biology and medicine. Nanoparticles, such as graphene and other nanomaterials, have the potential to revolutionize medicine and create completely new classes of drugs and medical devices.

    Biomaterials: A Brief Overview

    A biomaterial is any substance that can be used to repair, augment, stimulate, or replace any organ, tissue, or function in any system in the body. Biomaterials are used in direct contact with living …

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  • Graphene in Sports Equipment

    Graphene in Sports Equipment
    Dec 18, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    Throughout human history, the discovery of new technology has marked milestones and turning points. The making of stone tools, the smelting of metals, and the making of building materials represent the cutting-edge of ancient times. In more recent times, industrial diamond, nanotechnology, aerogels, and ballistic materials are expanding our possibilities to exciting new inventive and technological heights. What once seemed like science fiction is now possible with such materials, and few are as captivating and practical as graphene. Read on to learn about this exciting material and how it’s …

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