Special Issue "Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "A:Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Javier Martinez Rodrigo
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Institute for optoelectronics systems and microtecnology (ISOM), E.T.S.I.Telecomunicación, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: graphene, nanoelectronics, sensors, energy, solar cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Graphene has attracted increasing attention since 2004 due to its excellent mechanical, optical and electrical properties. Its high theoretical specific surface area and high electrical conductivity make it an attractive material for many industrial applications. Also, it is a transparent material that can be used for electrodes, solar cells, light emitting diodes (LEDs, OLEDs), touchscreens and LCD displays, and in the near future, its flexibility will let to create foldable and wearable devices. Its biocompatibility has also allowed the development of new sensors for the biomedical industry. In addition, as a consequence of the increasing demand for more efficient, longer-lasting and more compact portable electronic devices, the use of graphene in energy storage devices is one of the most promising applications. Finally, the combination of graphene with other 2D materials allows the creation of new devices.

In view of that, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers, short communications, and review articles that focus on novel graphene nanoelectronic devices towards challenging applications in electronics, sensors, solar cells, optoelectronics, transducers and energy.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Prof. Dr. Javier Martinez Rodrigo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Graphene
  • Sensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Energy
  • Biosensors
  • Solar cells
  • 2D materials

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Advanced Graphene-Based Transparent Conductive Electrodes for Photovoltaic Applications
Micromachines 2019, 10(6), 402; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10060402 - 17 Jun 2019
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New architectures of transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) incorporating graphene monolayers in different configurations have been explored with the aim to improve the performance of silicon-heterojunction (SHJ) cell front transparent contacts. In SHJ technology, front electrodes play an important additional role as anti-reflectance (AR) [...] Read more.
New architectures of transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) incorporating graphene monolayers in different configurations have been explored with the aim to improve the performance of silicon-heterojunction (SHJ) cell front transparent contacts. In SHJ technology, front electrodes play an important additional role as anti-reflectance (AR) coatings. In this work, different transparent-conductive-oxide (TCO) thin films have been combined with graphene monolayers in different configurations, yielding advanced transparent electrodes specifically designed to minimize surface reflection over a wide range of wavelengths and angles of incidence and to improve electrical performance. A preliminary analysis reveals a strong dependence of the optoelectronic properties of the TCEs on (i) the order in which the different thin films are deposited or the graphene is transferred and (ii) the specific TCO material used. The results shows a clear electrical improvement when three graphene monolayers are placed on top on 80-nm-thick ITO thin film. This optimum TCE presents sheet resistances as low as 55 Ω/sq and an average conductance as high as 13.12 mS. In addition, the spectral reflectance of this TCE also shows an important reduction in its weighted reflectance value of 2–3%. Hence, the work undergone so far clearly suggests the possibility to noticeably improve transparent electrodes with this approach and therefore to further enhance silicon-heterojunction cell performance. These results achieved so far clearly open the possibility to noticeably improve TCEs and therefore to further enhance SHJ contact-technology performance. Full article
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Hyaluronate-Functionalized Graphene for Label-Free Electrochemical Cytosensing
Micromachines 2018, 9(12), 669; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9120669 - 18 Dec 2018
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Electrochemical sensors for early tumor cell detection are currently an important area of research, as this special region directly improves the efficiency of cancer treatment. Functional graphene is a promising alternative for selective recognition and capture of target cancer cells. In our work, [...] Read more.
Electrochemical sensors for early tumor cell detection are currently an important area of research, as this special region directly improves the efficiency of cancer treatment. Functional graphene is a promising alternative for selective recognition and capture of target cancer cells. In our work, an effective cytosensor of hyaluronate-functionalized graphene (HG) was prepared through chemical reduction of graphene oxide. The as-prepared HG nanostructures were characterized with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy coupled with cyclic voltammograms and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, respectively. The self-assembly of HG with ethylene diamine, followed by sodium hyaluronate, enabled the fabrication of a label-free electrochemical impedance spectroscopy cytosensor with high stability and biocompatibility. Finally, the proposed cytosensor exhibited satisfying electrochemical behavior and cell-capture capacity for human colorectal cancer cells HCT-116, and also displayed a wide linear range, from 5.0 × 102 cells∙mL−1 to 5.0 × 106 cells∙mL−1, and a low detection limit of 100 cells∙mL−1 (S/N = 3) for quantification. This work paves the way for graphene applications in electrochemical cytosensing and other bioassays. Full article
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