CATEGORY : Smart Materials

Assessing the effects of model 2DNMs on the environment
AUTHOR : Seigo Masuda

2D-nanomaterials (2DNM) including graphene family nanomaterials (GFNs) and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are being researched and developed for commercial use, due to their wide spectrum of applications, ranging from electronic devices to sensors. GFNs include the Nobel Prize winning material, Graphene, and it is currently starting to be produced in mass scale.  Graphene Oxide (GO) is a functionalised form of graphene and is easily exfoliated in aqueous medium.  GOs suspend more regularly than graphene in water, and therefore offer more possibilities for up-scaling in certain applications of GFNs. However, the life cycle of these materials after their application and an understanding of their impact on the environment are still in their infancy.

How smart surfaces could reduce glass  skyscraper cleaning and energy costs
AUTHOR : Sophia Laney

How a nano­engineering technique could  prevent costly fouling on ships
AUTHOR : Shazeb Chishti

How to reduce the risk of ultra­thin  nanomaterials damaging the environment 
AUTHOR : Seigo Masuda

How nanostructured materials could drive a safer 3D-additive manufacturing route

How electronic nanoscale materials could  peel away the arduous mass manufacturing process
AUTHOR : Hannah Gramling

How ultrafast lasers could modify semiconductors to maintain  operability in  extreme condition
AUTHOR : Minhyung Ahn

How nature inspires the development of safety-first carbon nanotube structures
AUTHOR : Hugo de Luca

How a polymer nanocomposite-based material could shield spacecraft against radiation
AUTHOR : Elahe Cheraghi

How optical sensors could quickly detect infrastructures at risk of collapse
AUTHOR : Peng Adam Li

Peng Adam Li describes his research which aims to demonstrate why fast, responsive, lightweight and small optical sensors are ideal for monitoring large structures in challenging environments.