Environmental Performance of Graphene. Reducing contaminants from water and air by using graphene and graphene oxide structures. This research could have applications for global climate change mitigation.
Three-dimensional macrostructures (3DMs) of graphene and graphene oxide are being developed for fast and efficient removal of contaminants from water and air.
The large specific surface area, versatile surface chemistry and exceptional mechanical properties of graphene-based nanosheets enable the formation of robust and high-performance 3DMs such as sponges, membranes, beads and fibres. However, little is known about the relationship between the materials properties of graphene-based 3DMs and their environmental performance.
In this Review, we summarize the self-assembly and environmental applications of graphene-based 3DMs in removing contaminants from water and air. We also develop the critical link between the materials properties of 3DMs and their environmental performance, and identify the key parameters that influence their capacities for contaminant removal.
From Environmental performance of graphene-based 3D macrostructures (Nature) by Nariman Yousefi, Xinglin Lu, Menachem Elimelech & Nathalie Tufenkji
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“The importance of three-dimensional (3D) graphene-based macrostructures (GBMs) is increasingly being recognized over the last five years for diverse clean energy-related applications and global climate change mitigation.
With exceptionally large specific surface area and highly interconnected pore networks, 3D graphene scaffolds manifest extraordinary nanoscale effects that result in materials with unusual electrical, mechanical, and electrochemical properties.
A global multidisciplinary research effort focusing on the development of innovative 3D GBMs with hierarchical microstructures and novel functionalities has therefore recently emerged.”