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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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  • New Materials: Graphyne Series

    New Materials: Graphyne Series
    Dec 05, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    Carbon is the most fundamental building block of life on earth. Its various hybridized states and unique structure enables diverse bonding with nearly all other elements. In addition, carbon has numerous allotropes, more than any other element and more are being discovered all the time. More specifically, 2-D allotropes of carbon are revolutionizing nanoscience at every level. The search is on for 2-D carbon allotropes with high stability, increased surface area, and intriguing properties that allow for high directional electrical conductivity as well as use in a wide range of optical, …

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  • An Insight Into Graphene Facts

    An Insight Into Graphene Facts
    Nov 14, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    What Is Graphene?

    There’s a possibility you’ve never heard of graphene, but the chances of avoiding it become slimmer with each passing day. That’s because this revolutionary material is being produced in great volumes by graphene manufacturers, further lengthening its impressive list of characteristics and properties available for a myriad of applications. Graphene is a 2D material that consists of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern. It is is both incredibly thin and  strong, and its advantageous properties go far beyond. Since its discovery in 2004 at the …

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  • An Overview of Graphene Hybrid Materials

    An Overview of Graphene Hybrid Materials
    Nov 11, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    Since it was first created in 2004, graphene has mesmerized scientists with its rare qualities and seemingly endless potential. At exactly one atom in thickness, graphene is perhaps the strongest material on Earth (about 100 times the strength of steel) It is a very efficient conductor of heat and electricity, and it is nearly transparent. While graphene itself is the subject of research for use in semiconductor, electronics, solar energy, aerospace, and other industries, graphene manufactures are working on developing hybrids that show a similar potential for revolutionizing a number of …

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  • Understanding the Applications & Uses of Graphene

    Understanding the Applications & Uses of Graphene
    Nov 04, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    Graphene is quickly gaining acclaim for its dynamic properties and versatility of usage in the fields of manufacturing, electronics, and medicine. Graphene is a material made from a single layer of carbon atoms that is stronger than steel, lighter than paper, more flexible than rubber, and harder than diamond. It features electron mobility that is 100 times higher than silicon, meaning it could one day replace it as a primary resource in computing. It conducts heat better than diamonds, conducts electricity more efficiently than copper, repels water, and absorbs 2.3% of light. Its miraculous …

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  • Graphene and Water Treatment

    Graphene and Water Treatment
    Oct 29, 2019 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    The inability for people to access clean water is an ongoing crisis in many parts of our world today. Many people across the globe do not have adequate drinking water, and even more numbers of people lack proper sanitation systems in areas where they live. In many developing countries sewage is poured, untreated, directly into water sources. Meanwhile, in more developed economies, drinking water sources are contaminated by agricultural runoff, industrial waste, and atmospheric inputs resulting from brush fires and the effects of global warming. All of this results in an increased demand for a …

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