I D
× COMMENTARYCOVER STORYIN THE NEWSNEWSFRONTSCHEMENTATOR + Show More
Chemical EngineeringChemenator Briefs
Cellulosic ethanol Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) has produced the…
TECHNICAL & PRACTICALTOWER DOCTORFEATURE REPORTFACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPSSOLIDS PROCESSINGEQUIPMENT & SERVICESAPPLIED TECHNOLOGIESFOCUS
Focus on Pumps
Track pump operation with this monitoring system This company has…
SHOW PREVIEWS

Comment Processing & Handling

Graphene surprise

By Paul Grad |

Researchers from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia; www.monash.edu.au) have discovered that graphene-oxide sheets can change their structure and become liquid droplets spontaneously. Because graphene droplets change their structure in response to an applied magnetic field, they could be used for controlled drug release, says lead researcher, Mainak Majumder. Usually special equipment, such as an atomizer, is needed to change graphene into a spherical form. The Monash University researchers simply placed the graphene sheets in a solution to process them for industrial use. They made the surprise discovery during routine tests that under certain pH conditions, while in solution, the graphene changes shape by itself. The observation was made using  a polarized light microscope at the Marine Biological Laboratory (near Cape Cod, Mass.). The researchers have been working with industry partner Strategic Energy Resources Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia) and Rudolf Oldenbourg from the Marine Biological Laboratory, to explore the possibility of commercializing their work. Majumder says drug-delivery systems often use magnetic particles, but the particles cannot always be used because they can be toxic under certain physiological conditions.…
Related Content
Achema 2022 Show Preview
Achema (www.achema.de), the global forum for the chemical engineering and process industries presented by Dechema e.V. (www.dechema.de), is taking place…

Chemical Engineering publishes FREE eletters that bring our original content to our readers in an easily accessible email format about once a week.
Subscribe Now
GMP In The Cosmetic Industry
Solve turbomachinery problems: Miba Tilting Pad Bearings
Six Steps to Designing a Storage Vessel That Really Works
SICK Solutions for Cleaner Industries - Powerful Transitions
Gain a Digital Line of Sight Across the Whole Lifecycle of the Plant with a Digital Twin

View More