Nanotube Graphene Spaser World’s First

The first ever spaser to be made completely of carbon has been modelled by researchers from Monash University. The technology could lead to mobile phones becoming so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A spaser (an acronym for Surface Plasmon Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is essentially a nanoscale laser…Continue readingNanotube Graphene Spaser World’s First

Graphene Nano-Membrane 1000 times more breathable than Goretex

A stable, porous membrane thinner than a nanometre has been produced by researchers at ETH Zurich. That is 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. The new membrane opens the door to a new generation of waterproof clothing, and also to ultra-rapid filtration. Made of two layers of graphene, a two-dimensional film made of carbon…Continue readingGraphene Nano-Membrane 1000 times more breathable than Goretex

New Nanotube Graphene Hybrid Material Easier to Handle

Reinforcing bars of carbon nanotubes make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle, researchers at Rice University have found. The new hybrid, according to Rice chemist James Tour, could, when stacked in a few layers, make a cost-effective alternative for costly indium tin oxide (ITO). ITO is currently used in displays and solar cells. Tour set…Continue readingNew Nanotube Graphene Hybrid Material Easier to Handle

Graphene Origami Boxes show Hydrogen Storage Promise

Graphene can be made to fold itself into a three-dimensional box, researchers at the University of Maryland have shown. The world’s thinnest material, graphene is just one atom thick. In response to an electric charge, the researchers triggered minuscule squares of graphene to fold into a box that serves as a hydrogen storage container. “Just…Continue readingGraphene Origami Boxes show Hydrogen Storage Promise

One Atom Thick Metal Membranes Shown Possible

An international research team has shown for the first time that metal membranes one layer of atoms thick can be stable under ambient conditions. The technique could open the door for new types of 2D structures to be formed. These new 2D structures could have enhanced physical properties that hold potential in a range of…Continue readingOne Atom Thick Metal Membranes Shown Possible

Three Dimensional Graphene created with Bubbles Blown in Sugar

Researchers from Japan’s World Premier International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics have developed a method of making 3D graphene using bubbles blown in a melt polymeric glucose. The ensuing 3D graphene has excellent conductivity. Other current attempts to make 3D graphene have produced weak conductivity because of poor contact between graphene sheets. Strength loss is also a…Continue readingThree Dimensional Graphene created with Bubbles Blown in Sugar