Obtained the graphine, super-material for the energy of the future

Got the grafinoa next-generation super-material so far only imagined: it is a relative of graphene, whose research earned Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov the Nobel Prize in 2010, and promises to open up new possibilities in energy, with rechargeable batteries new generation and semiconductor materials, as well as in electronics and optics.

The result is due to the study published in the journal Nature Synthesis and led by the US University of Colorado at Boulder. Among the possible future applications, there is an interest in the use of the new material in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, commonly used for electronic devices and electric vehicles.

“Lto the scientific community engaged in this sector he is really excited that this longstanding problem, which is this imaginary material, is finally coming true, ”comments Yiming Hu, leader of the group. The grafino, just like its close relative graphene, it is made up of a two-dimensional lattice of carbon atoms arranged in hexagonal shaped cells, in a sheet that is the thickness of a single atom. The difference is that the hexagonal cells are strongly connected to each other, with double or triple bonds, a feature that allows them to take on a much wider range of structures.

Using a process called ‘alkenes metathesis’, an organic reaction that involves the splitting and re-creation of double bonds between carbon atoms, the researchers have finally succeeded in the feat: to obtain a material that can rival graphene in terms of the electrical properties but which allows for greater control and versatility. “There is a big difference between graphene and grafinobut in a good way, “says Wei Zhang, one of the authors of the study:” This could be the material of the wonders of the future and here observes – Why the result is so exciting“.


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