Graphene Oxide: Some New Insights into an Old Material
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 USA
Graphite oxide sheets, now called graphene oxide (GO), are made by exfoliation of graphite usingcentury-old chemical reactions. Interest in this old material has resurged with the rapid development of graphene, as GO is considered to be a promising precursor for bulk production of graphene. GO and its graphene product has been actively pursued in photovoltaics and electrochemical energy storage applications. In this talk, some materials processing challenges associated with the synthesis, characterization, and bulk applications of GO and its graphene product, will be discussed. Solutions to these challenges can pave the way for further research and development. Some new properties and applications of GO such as their use as surfactant, their nanofluidic ionic transport properties and their use low loading additives to significantly improve existing materials and applications.
Jiaxing Huang received his B.S. degree in Chemical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2000, Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA in 2004, and became a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley before joining Northwestern as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 2007. He was named the Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing from 2011 to 2013 and promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. His main research interest is in the general area of material chemistry and processing. In teaching, he encourages students to develop intuition, pursue curiosity and exercise creativity. His work has been recognized by awards from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Vacuum Society, and the International Aerosol Research Assembly. He is included in the lists of Highly Cited Researchers in Chemistry (Thompson Reuters) and Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering (Elsevier). He has also been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the JSPS Fellowship from Japan and the Humboldt Research Award from Germany.