Figure. Cu2S/RGO composite developed for use as a counter electrode for quantum dot solar cells employing a sulfide/polysulfide redox couple.
Graphene just might be the best thing since sliced, gluten-free, bread. The single-layer carbon allotrope is cheap, robust, has impressive surface area, and can be readily produced through chemical oxidation in the form of graphene oxide (GO). Our research efforts focus on elucidating and harnessing graphene's versatile set of electronic interactions with semiconductors and metal nanoparticles.
The electron storage and shuttling ability of GO is a significant driving force behind the creation of graphene-metal and graphene-semiconductor-metal nanoparticle composites utilized for next-generation energy conversion and sensing devices.
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- Graphene-based Nanoassemblies for Energy Conversion - Video from the perspective article: Graphene-based Nanoassemblies for Energy Conversion. Kamat, P. V. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2011, 2, 242-251
- Origin of Enhancements in Li-ion Batteries using RGO - Webinar detailing the origin of performance enhancements in Li-ion batteries utilizing reduced graphene oxide
- Electron Transfer Between Methyl-Viologen Radicals and Graphene Oxide - Webinar showing the development of Ag/RGO nanocomposits by taking advantage of GOs ability to store and shuttle electrons
Our Research Focus
Figure. By monitoring fluorescence, electron transfer to GO can be separated from energy transfer in semiconductor-GO systems because after long illumination times the electron transfer pathway becomes negligible (left). Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) can act as a catalyst mat; it is able to store, and shuttle electrons for a photoactive semiconductor to a metal reaction center (right).
Electronic Properties of GO composites
- Electron storage and shuttling
- Charge transfer interactions between GO and semiconductors, metals, and molecular species
- Electron and energy transfer kinetics
- Electron hopping
Figure. Semidonuctor-graphene-metal (SGM) films were developed to detect nanomolar concentrations using surface enhanced raman scattering (SERS) detection.
GO Composite Devices
- Solar Fuels
- Quantum Dot Solar Cells
- Chemical Sensors
- Catalyst Mats
- Demonstrated electron hopping through single-to-few layer graphene oxide films
- Examined the origin of the reduced graphene oxide performance enhancement seen in electrochemical energy storage
- Developed a Cu2S/RGO composite for use as a counter electrode material in quantum dot solar cells
- Showed the ability of reduced graphene oxide to store, shuttle, and discharge electrons
429. Dual-Frequency Ultrasound for Designing Two Dimensional Catalyst Surface: Reduced Graphene Oxide-Pt Composite. Vinodgopal, K.; Neppolian, B.; Salleh, N.; Lightcap, I. V.; Grieser, F.; Ashokkumar, M.; Ding, T. T.; Kamat, P. V. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2012, in press.
426. Electron Hopping Through Single-to-Few Layer Graphene Oxide Films. Photocatalytically Activated Metal Nanoparticle Deposition. Lightcap, I. V.; Murphy, S.; Schumer, T.; Kamat, P. V. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 1453–1458.
425. Origin of Reduced Graphene Oxide Enhancements in Electrochemical Energy Storage. Radich, J. G.; Kamat, P. V. ACS Catal. 2012, 2, 807–816.
424. Fortification of CdSe Quantum Dots with Graphene Oxide. Excited State Interactions and Light Energy Conversion. Lightcap, I. V.; Kamat, P. V. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134 (16), 7109–7116.
416. Cu2S -Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite for High Efficiency Quantum Dot Solar Cells . Overcoming the Redox Limitations of S2-/Sn2- at the Counter Electrode Radich, J. G.; Dwyer, R.; Kamat, P. V. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2011, 2, 2453–2460.
412. Electron Transfer Cascade by Organic/Inorganic Ternary Composites of Porphyrin, Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles, and Reduced Graphene Oxide on a Tin Oxide Electrode that Exhibits Efficient Photocurrent Generation Hayashi, H.; Lightcap, I. V.; Tsujimoto, M.; Takano, M.; Umeyama, T.; Kamat, P. V.; Imahori, H. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133. 7684–7687.
407. Graphene-based Composites for Electrochemical Energy Storage Radich, J. G.; McGinn, P. J.; Kamat, P. V. Interface 2011, Spring Issue, 63-66.
406. Electron Transfer between Methyl Viologen Radicals and Graphene Oxide: Reduction, Electron Storage and Discharge Krishnamurthy, S.; Lightcap, I. V.; Kamat, P. V. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A:Chem. 2011, 221, 214-219.
405. Virtual Issue: Graphene and Functionalized Graphene Prezhdo, O. V.; Kamat, P. V.; Schatz, G. C. J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115 (8), 3195-3197.
404. Graphene-based Nanoassemblies for Energy Conversion Kamat, P. V. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2011, 2, 242-251. (Perspective article)