Researchers in China are hoping to expand the unconventional applications of graphene with their introduction of graphene springs that can function as actuators.
Springs are fundamental components in numerous electronic and mechanical systems. Most commercial springs are made of metal. Carbon-based springs, however, are less advanced, but have the potential to be a lightweight option if their poor elasticity can be tackled.
Now, graphene springs made by Liangti Qu and colleagues, at the Beijing Institute of Technology, succeed where traditional carbon-based springs have failed.
Interested to know more? Read the full news article by Jennifer Newton in Chemistry World here…
Read the article by Liangti Qu, Huhu Cheng, Yuan Liang, Fei Zhao, Yue Hu, Zelin Dong and Lan Jiang in Nanoscale:
Functional Graphene Springs for Responsive Actuation
Liangti Qu, Huhu Cheng, Yuan Liang, Fei Zhao, Yue Hu, Zelin Dong and Lan Jiang
DOI: 10.1039/C4NR03409K, Communication