Uses

What will graphene be used for?

With its wide range of remarkable traits, graphene has inspired scientists the world over to apply this wonder material to a wealth of applications in a variety of fields. 

Sensors

Since graphene is a multifunctional material, just one graphene sensor can measure things such as strain, light, pressure and temperature. And, since every atom in graphene is exposed to the environment, it is an ideal material for detecting changes – even just one molecule of dangerous chemicals, for instance. Not only that, but because of its thinness, sensors can be micrometer-size.

Our Researchers have developed this advanced material to create broad frequency graphene sensors.

Electronics

With its notable electrical properties, flexibility and transparency, graphene is an exceptional material for use in portable electronics. It can add durability to smartphones and tablets, plus its ability to bend makes it ideal for use in wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness trackers. Furthermore, graphene can be used to improve touchscreen technology, or for computer circuitry.

Semiconductors

Expanding on the use of graphene in electronics, the material’s properties also make it ideal for use as a semiconductor. With its microscopic thinness and the ability to conduct electricity at room temperature, graphene semiconductors could replace existing technology for computer chips. It could be a key player in the ongoing miniaturization of technology. 

Biomedical Applications

Due to its unique one-atom thickness and flexibility, graphene also lends itself incredibly well to biomedical applications. The material could be used to produce small sensors and machines that could analyse tissues, deliver medication, move safely and easily through the human body, help in wound healing and create smart implants.

Energy Storage

Graphene’s robustness, flexibility and conductivity make it incredibly well suited for use in energy storage devices. Our current reliance on lithium-ion batteries – with their dangerous chemistries, long charge time and short lifespan – could be replaced with graphene components.

Not only would graphene make consumer batteries more reliable and efficient, but it could also improve power capability and have a much faster charge time. In fact, graphene-enhanced, aluminum-ion batteries currently under development in Australia show twice the battery life of a lithium-ion battery with a charge time of just six minutes.

Membranes

Built-up layers of graphene oxide can produce membranes that are capable of forming a perfect barrier to liquids and gases. However, water molecules can still evaporate through graphene, making the material a fantastic tool for filtration. To this extent, graphene has the ability to provide clean drinking water to millions of people worldwide, thereby helping reduce disease, contamination and illness globally.

Composites and Coatings

Combining graphene with existing products to create composite materials is a simple and effective way to utilise its remarkable properties. And, because it has so many of these properties, this one material can be used for many functions. Graphene could be combined with paint to form a rust-free coating on ships and cars, saving huge amounts of money due to corrosion. It could also be used in aerospace and aviation to create lighter crafts and therefore increase fuel efficiency.