February 3, 2015

Looking at graphene and other 2D crystals in energy conversion and storage

(Feb.3, '15)  Scientists working with Europe’s Graphene Flagship provide a wide-ranging review of the potential for 2D crystals in energy conversion and storage.

The single-atom thick allotrope of carbon known as graphene has many potential applications, among them energy conversion and storage. Graphene and related two-dimensional crystals combine high electrical conductivity with physical flexibility and a huge surface to weight ratio. Such qualities make them suitable for storing electric charge in batteries and supercapacitors, and as catalysts in solar and fuel-cell electrodes.