Scientists Find New Solution For Making 2D Nanomaterials

First Posted: Nov 23, 2016 04:30 AM EST

A recent UCL-led research showed that two-dimensional nanomaterials have been created by dissolving materials in liquids. These liquids can then be used to apply the nanomaterials across large areas at minimal costs, making it a breakthrough discovery for future applications.

These 2D materials like graphene seems to be able to transform technology through their revolutionary physical properties. However, translating them into practical applications for real-world use had been restricted, primarily because of the challenges involved in the manufacture and manipulation of the said materials on a large, industrial scale.

The new approach, however, is set to become a game-changer. Published in the journal Nature Chemistry, it is set on producing single layers of many 2D nanomaterials in a salable way. The researchers already used this method on a wide array of materials, including semiconductor and thermoelectric properties to create 2D materials useful in solar cells for turning wasted heat energy to electrical energy.

Its uses do not end there. Dr. Chris Howard at the UCL Physics and Astronomy department said, "2D nanomaterials have outstanding properties and a unique size, which suggests they could be used in everything from computer displays to batteries to smart textiles."

Dr. Patrick Cullen at the UCL Chemical Engineering department also noted that the range of 2D nanomaterials makes them easy to manipulate and use on large scales, which is especially relevant to many industries. He pointed out that their 2D nanomaterials can be painted onto surfaces and can arranged themselves into different tiled shapes when left to die -- a technology that, according I-Connect2007 -- has not been seen before.

The technology is not limited there, either. Different nanomaterials and different processes used in different applications make possible uses of 2D nanotechnology endless.

AZO Nano reported that the UCL Business PLC (UCLB), which is the commercialization company of UCL, has already patented the research. Also, it is ready to offer support for its commercialization.

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