Graphene-encapsulated materials: Synthesis, applications and trends

Eden Morales-Narváez, Lívia Florio Sgobbi, Sergio Antonio Spinola Machado, Arben Merkoçi

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    Abstract

    © 2017 Elsevier Ltd Graphene-based materials (GBM) are an exceptional type of materials that offer unprecedented application capabilities to the scientific and technologic community. The encapsulation of different materials such as drugs, nanoparticles, polymers, oxides and cells by GBM is leading to outstanding hybrid materials with unprecedented behaviours promising a myriad of advantageous applications, including micro/nanomotors, biosensing platforms, bio/imaging agents, drug delivery systems, potential tumour treatment alternatives, environmental remediation platforms, advanced batteries and novel supercapacitors. We present an overview on graphene-encapsulated materials and their most important synthesis pathways. In addition, we explore the synergistic functionalities provided by these composites and highlight the state-of-the-art related to energy, environmental and bio-applications, among others. Finally, we discuss their challenges and future outlooks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-24
    JournalProgress in Materials Science
    Volume86
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

    Keywords

    • Biomedicine
    • Composite materials
    • Energy
    • Environment
    • Imaging
    • Nanomaterials

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