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 Recent Graphene Research Highlights

Graphene has captured the interest of scientists and engineers worldwide, and the technical and popular scientific literature has grown exponentially with articles exploring many different facets of graphene application. Here is a list of some of the most interesting recent technical journal articles that are available via open web access.   

An archive of past articles from this page can be found here.




Self-dispersed crumpled graphene balls in oil for friction and wear reduction, by X. dou et al.,  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., vol 113, iss. 6, 2016, pp. 1528-1533.

Ultrafine particles made of crumpled graphene possessing spherical shape are shown to disperse well in motor oil lubricants. These additives reduce engine friction and increase gas mileage much greater than other types of additives at lower weight fractions (0.01-0.1 wt%). All-around, these spherical graphene nanoparticles exhibit stable and superior tribological performance in a variety of tests.

 Graphene Fiber: A New Trend in Carbon Fibers, by Z. Xu and C. Gao, Materials Today, Vol. 18, Iss. 9, November 2015, pp. 480–492.

This review article summarizes current and projected methods for fabrication of sprouted graphene fibers and their associated mechanical and functional properties. Various applications for use as multifunctional textiles are also discussed.

Molecular Modeling Combined with Advanced Chemistry for the Rational Design of Efficient Graphene Dispersing Agents, by K.D. Papadimitriou et al., ACS Macro Letters, Vol. 5, 2016, pp. 24-29.

Graphene particles have proven to be difficult to disperse in polymeric materials, which is a barrier to numerous applications in the nanocomposites industry. This article describes a computational modeling approach to determining the ultimate dispersing properties of graphene nanosheets within polymer matrices.

Graphene-Protein Field Effect Biosensors: Glucose Sensing, by S. Viswanathan, et al., Materials Today, Vol. 18, Iss. 9, November 2015, pp. 513-522.

With chronic diseases, such as diabetes, becoming increasingly more prevalent, self-monitoring point-of-care (POC) devices, such as glucometers, have become common in household and clinical settings. This article explores the possible uses of functionalized graphene for such POC devices, such as binding enzymes to the graphene surface and integration into a microfluidic platform.

New Graphene-based Inks for High-speed Manufacturing of Printed Electronics, University of Cambridge, Science Daily, October 19, 2015.

This article describes a new, high-speed and low-cost process for printing graphene inks on conventional printing equipment, thus opening up a huge new potential market for graphene. Extensions of the technology could lead to practical high-tech applications such as printable electronics and sensors.