Graphene: fundamentals and emergent applications


Jamie H Warner, Franziska Schäffel, Alicja Bachmatiuk and Mark H Rümmeli
Elsevier 
2013 | 450pp | £79.99
ISBN 9780123945938
Reviewed by Toby Sainsbury
http://rsc.li/CW_140406
 
This excellent book offers an expansive overview of the tremendously exciting field of research that the discovery of graphene created. The book covers a broad spectrum: from the fundamental aspects of graphene’s intrinsic properties right through to the diverse applications of this ‘wonder material’. 
 
Difficult as it is to take stock of the rapidly expanding field of graphene and two-dimensional materials research, this book has admirable depth in the subject areas discussed and will be a valuable tool for both early- and advanced-stage researchers to investigate fundamental phenomena associated with graphene. The text identifies key research groups in the field of emerging technologies by discussing fundamental breakthroughs made in the preparation, processing and measurement of graphene and is an excellent guide for new researchers in the field to build upon the knowledge base which has been amassed in the area. 
 
Following the seminal experiments on graphene that truly elucidated the diverse intrinsic properties of the material (electronic, thermal, mechanical and chemical) a surge of research interest has been directed towards investigating this carbon material. This focus has in turn drawn attention to a range of other 2D nanomaterials that offer enormous scope in their range of intrinsic properties. In this context, the text offers an extremely timely and valuable perspective on the first of these materials to attain such enormous attention and is an excellent reference by which to direct analogous research towards other two-dimensional nanomaterials. 
 
This book offers the reader a clear and concise summary of many of the active areas of graphene research presented with an excellent understanding of knowledge in the field. This book is certainly of great value to anyone wishing to engage in this exciting field and will undoubtedly be an excellent reference text for scientist and engineers alike. A great read.
 
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