Graphene for energy applications
As the global population expands, the demand for energy production and storage constantly increases. Graphene and related materials (GRMs), with their high surface area, large electrical conductivity, light weight nature, chemical stability and high mechanical flexibility have a key role to play in meeting this demand in both energy generation and storage.
Solar cells, batteries, super capacitors, hydrogen storage and fuel cells are all areas where GRMs can make a difference. These could be used to produce unique, new devices or integrate into current devices to boost their performance. For example, activated graphene enables super capacitors for energy storage and also increases their lifespan, energy capacity and charge rate for lithium ion batteries. For energy generation, GRMs, such as molybdenum disulphide, can be used to extend the lifetime of perovskite solar cells.
The latest on energy applications
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Cecilia Mattevi was an invited speaker at Graphene Week 2021, where she showed us her exciting work on the 3D-printing of energy storage devices – with the help of graphene. "We are very interested in layered materials, in particular graphene, for energy applications" she says.
High-tech materials such as graphene, which were once only available in laboratories, are now being used throughout cities in a variety of applications, to enable the effective deployment of smart city infrastructure.
In this interview, Palermo shares his views on research, innovation and collaboration, and speculates on where the next successes of graphene and related materials will come from.