Graphene-Based Technologies for Tackling COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

Researchers from the CFPR Graphene Application Laboratory, Dr Shaila Afroj and Dr Nazmul Karim, have co-authored a new paper published in Wiley’s flagship journal Advanced Functional Materials titled ‘Graphene-Based Technologies for Tackling COVID-19 and Future Pandemics’.

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for rapid tools and technologies to combat highly infectious viruses. The excellent electrical, mechanical and other functional properties of graphene and graphene-like 2D materials (2DM) can be utilized to develop novel and innovative devices to tackle COVID-19 and future pandemics. Here, the authors outline how graphene and other 2DM-based technologies can be used for the detection, protection, and continuous monitoring of infectious diseases including COVID-19. The authors highlight the potential of 2DM-based biosensors in rapid testing and tracing of viruses to enable isolation of infected patients, and stop the spread of viruses. The possibilities of graphene-based wearable devices are discussed for continuous monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms. The authors also provide an overview of the personal protective equipment, and potential filtration mechanisms to separate, destroy or degrade highly infectious viruses, and the potential of graphene and other 2DM to increase their efficiency, and enhance functional and mechanical properties. Graphene and other 2DM could not only play a vital role for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but also provide technology platforms and tools for the protection, detection and monitoring of future viral diseases.

Additional authors: Liam Britnell, Tahmid Hasan, Daria V. Andreeva, Kostya S. Novoselov.

Read the full paper on Wiley’s open access library.

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