Month: November 2018

Method to scale-up fabrication of 2D materials

Image owned by Weiwei Lei, Vadym N. Mochalin, Dan Liu, Si Qin, Yury Gogotsi & Ying Chen. Published in Nature, sourced from Wikipedia Could a new exfoliation method offer a practical route to large-scale production of nanosheets? Ever since graphene first made headlines in 2004, the search for alternative 2D materials has turned into a global research...


Can graphene help us avoid sunburn?

Image courtesy of Pixabay Australian researchers combine titanium dioxide and graphene to develop a novel, low-power sun sensor Sunlight is vital to human health. Without regular exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB), our bodies can struggle to make sufficient vitamin D to support the development of strong bones. But too much sunlight can cause sunburn, and if...


Icephobic concrete is a slippery step closer

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, Ian Mackenzie [CC BY 2.0] Can a simple coating stop ice sticking to concrete? Ice is the enemy of infrastructure – roads, railway tracks, and footpaths can all be rendered useless in the depths of winter. Various anti-icing coatings are in common use in the automotive, maritime and aviation industries, but in almost all cases,...