Academic round-up: testing the world’s first graphene drone and developing military armour from graphene

Researchers have developed military armour from graphene, scientists have created safe azo dyes with graphene quantum dots, a team have completed the world’s first graphene drone test flight, professors from the University of Pennsylvania have received $4m of funding for researching 2D-materials and a team has improved quantum dot solar cells with layers of oxide.

Our academic round-up is an overview of the most important research results in the new materials sector, covering quantum dots, graphene and bioplastics.

Military armour from graphene. Researchers have created a foam-like material from tubes of graphene that could be used in military armour. The team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said the foam could withstand blows of more than 14,400 lbs per square inch. The material could also be squashed to 5 per cent of its original size and return to its original shape intact.
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Creating safe azo dyes with graphene QDs. Scientists have developed a new process to create azo dyes using graphene quantum dots. Normally the toxic substance, sodium nitrate, is required to create the dyes but its use was avoided by using the quantum dots instead. The researchers were based at the Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University. Read more >

Professors receive $4m worth of 2D-material grants. Professors A.T. Charlie Johnson and Marija Drndić at the University of Pennsylvania have received $4 million worth of grants to expand their research in two-dimensional materials. Professor Johnson has spoke to New Materials News exclusively about his research into molybdenum disulphide in the past. Read more >

Launching a graphene drone. Researchers have completed the world’s first graphene drone test flight. The team from the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute and the University of Central Lancashire flew an unmanned aerial vehicle containing graphene components to test the material’s robustness and aerodynamic properties. Read more >

Improving quantum dot solar cells.
Scientists have discovered that adding an oxide layer in quantum dot solar cells can improve there performance. The researchers were based at University of Electro-Communications, the Universitat Jaume I, Kyushu Institute of Technology and King Abdulaziz University. Read more >

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