A combination of natural energy and graphene attached to cubic silicon carbide could yield renewable fuels.
“A Linköping University research team has created a method that produces graphene with several layers with the ultimate goal of converting water and carbon dioxide to renewable fuel using the energy from the sun and graphene attached to the surface of a cubic silicon carbide.
In a previous study, the researchers developed a method to produce cubic silicon carbide that has the ability to capture energy from the sun and create charge carriers. However, the addition of graphene, which has the ability to conduct an electric current, would enable a device to be more useful for solar energy conversion.
Recently, scientists have tried to improve the process by which graphene grows on a surface in order to control the properties of graphene better.
“It is relatively easy to grow one layer of graphene on silicon carbide,” Jianwu Sun, of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at Linköping University, said in a statement. “But it’s a greater challenge to grow large-area uniform graphene that consists of several layers on top of each other.
“We have now shown that it is possible to grow uniform graphene that consists of up to four layers in a controlled manner,” he added.
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