The Carbon Nanomaterials Global Opportunity Report: Carbon nanotubes, graphene, 2D materials and nanodiamonds
This is a golden era for nanostructured carbon materials research. Graphitic carbon materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene are the strongest, lightest and most conductive fibres known to man, with a performance-per-weight greater than any other material. In direct competition in a number of markets, they are complementary in others.
Once the most promising of all nanomaterials, CNTs face stiff competition in conductive applications from graphene and other 2D materials and in mechanically enhanced composites from nanocellulose. However, after considerable research efforts, numerous multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs)-enhanced products are commercially available. Super-aligned CNT arrays, films and yarns have found applications in consumer electronics, batteries, polymer composites, aerospace, sensors, heaters, filters and biomedicine.
Large-scale industrial production of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) has been initiated, promising new market opportunities in transparent conductive films, transistors, sensors and memory devices. SWNTs are regarded as one of the most promising candidates to utilized as building blocks in next generation electronics.
Two-dimensional(2D) materials are currently one of the most active areas of nanomaterials research, and offer a huge opportunity for both fundamental studies and practical applications, including superfast, low-power, flexible and wearable electronics, sensors, photonics and electrochemical energy storage devices that will have an immense impact on our society.
Graphene is a ground-breaking two-dimensional (2D) material that possesses extraordinary electrical and mechanical properties that promise a new generation of innovative devices. New methods of scalable synthesis of high-quality graphene, clean delamination transfer and device integration have resulted in the commercialization of state-of-the-art electronics such as graphene touchscreens in smartphones and flexible RF devices on plastics.
Beyond graphene, emerging elementary 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides, group V systems including phosphorene, and related isoelectronic structures will potentially allow for flexible electronics and field-effect transistors that exhibit ambipolar transport behaviour with either a direct band-gap or greater gate modulation.
Nanodiamonds (NDs), also called detonation diamonds (DND) or ultradispersed diamonds (UDD), are relatively easy and inexpensive to produce, and have moved towards large-scale commercialization due to their excellent mechanical, thermal properties and chemical stability. Based upon their primary particle sizes, they have been classified into:
nanocrystalline particles (1 to ≥150 nm)
ultrananocrystalline particles (2 to 10 nm)
diamondoids (1 to 2 nm).
Carbon nanotubes, graphene and 2D materials and nanodiamonds exhibit a unique combination of mechanical, thermal, electronic and optical properties that provide opportunities for new innovation in:
Electronics & photonics
Conductive electrode films for flexible displays.
Transparent conductive films for large area and high-efficiency organic light emitting diodes.
2D printable and transparent ultrathin electronic devices.
2D transistors and circuits.
2D magnetic semiconductors.
Conductive inks for wearable electronics.
Flexible Graphene FETs.
Flexible TMD FETs for digital logic and RF.
Graphene optical modulators.
Electrically conductive textiles
Li-ion battery additives.
Aerogel anodes for LIBs.
Proton exchange fuel cell membranes.
Hydrogen fuel cells.
CNT cathodes fithium sulfur batteries.
Electrodes for supercapacitors.
Transparent electrodes in photovoltaic cells.
Catalysts for energy conversion.
Sustainable electrocatalysis and photocatalysis.
Nanofluids for heat dissipation.
Flexible electrodes for polymer solar cells.
Tire additives for improved abrasion resistance.
Anti-scratch and anti-corrosion coatings.
Electrically conductive composites.
EMI shielding coatings.
Shape memory alloys.
Biomedicine and healthcare
Tissue engineering scaffols to facilitate cell growth and tissue regeneration.
Carriers for drug delivery.
Cell imaging using carbon quantum dots.
Wound management and anti-bacterial.
Graphene hydrogels for controlled delivery of drugs.
Porous carriers for drug delivery.
Carbon nanoonions as imaging probes.
Nanocomposites for wind turbines.
Barrier packaging materials.
ESD and EMI shielding.
Sporting goods composites (e.g. bike tires).
Composites with improved conductive and thermal properties.
Adhesives and pads for thermal interface materials.
Gas separation membranes.
Ultrathin, high-flux and energy-efficient sieving membranes.
Arsenic removal from water.
DNA detection platforms.
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Comparative analysis of carbon nanotubes and graphene
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