A team of Malaysian researchers have studied the effect on graphene sheets when they’re attached to different chemical groups, and they recently published their findings in the International Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
The researchers set out to find new ways that graphene sheets might eventually be used by attaching different chemical groups to the sheet to see how sensitive the material was and how its properties changed depending on the chemicals used.
The team says the research will provide a better understanding of how graphene works at the molecular level, which could lead to advances in areas such as sensor materials for environmental monitoring, biomedical research, and medical diagnostics.
Geoffrey Ijeomah and Fahmi Samsuri of the Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Felix Obite of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and Mohamad Adzhar Md Zawawi of the Universiti Sains Malaysia led the study, and said they believe their experimentation could pave the way for future researchers to better understand the material, as well as lead to real world future applications of graphene.
“An improved understanding of the workings of graphene at the molecular level will ultimately advance graphene surface engineering and its applications in sensor development and technology,” the team wrote.