Graphene, an allotrope of carbon, has always been acknowledged for its wide-ranging characteristics. Recently, the scientists of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) have established an engineering lab dedicated solely to the research of graphene and its versatility. The research aims to not only establish new theories on the nanomechanics of graphene and two-dimensional (2D) materials but also utilize graphene’s properties for applications in multiples fields, such as the potential use of graphite as a lubricant and the synthesis of h-BN films to create insulators for graphene.
SKKU’s study on the modulation of the electronic band gaps of 2D materials is intriguing given its possible applications in modern technology. Furthermore, 2D materials are being extensively studied for their electrical and optical properties and are also going through modifications in order to make them soluble in water. In light of such potential, SKKU’s graphene research deserves much attention from the science community.