Researchers at Purdue University are developing a new graphene "nanopetals" mass production process. Those nanopetals are graphene-based vertical nanostructures that look like tiny rose petals, and they have applications in sensors, heat-management, supercapacitors and batteries. This research is funded with a $1.5 million grant from the NSF.
The researchers hope to increase the production speed of nanopetal-coated surfaces to 10 square meters per hour, using a roll-to-roll process. This is a dramatic increase to current "laboratory-scale" production rate. The new process will use a vacuum-based plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD).
Last month we reported about a Naval Research Laboratory research about graphene nanopetals used to make enhanced sensors that can monitor monitor glucose concentrations found in saliva, tears, blood, and urine.