Micro/Nanofabrication of Carbon-Based Devices and Their Applications

A special issue of C (ISSN 2311-5629). This special issue belongs to the section "Carbon Materials and Carbon Allotropes".

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Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue, ‘Micro/Nanofabrication of Carbon-Based Devices and Their Applications’, seeks to explore the diverse landscape of carbon allotropes and their innovative applications in micro- and nanoscale devices. Carbon, with its various allotropes such as graphene, carbon nanotube, glassy carbon, diamond, amorphous carbon, and quantum dots, presents a fascinating array of properties that can be finely tuned for specific functionalities. Recent microsystems and nano-engineering advancements have paved the way for harnessing these unique carbon structures in functional devices with applications across energy systems, sensors, actuators, environmental monitoring, and biomedical technology.

This Special Issue aims to compile original research articles, communications, and reviews that showcase the leading technological advancements in carbon micro-/nano-systems and their wide-ranging applications. We welcome both experimental and theoretical studies that shed light on the unprecedented operational demands of various applications. Additionally, we invite contributions that not only highlight the current state of the field but also address the need for further development to achieve superior and novel functionalities across different domains. Through this endeavour, this Special Issue aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the potential of carbon-based micro-nanotechnology as a compelling alternative to conventional silicon-based MEMS technology. Furthermore, we seek to bring together researchers and experts to contribute to the ongoing evolution of carbon-based devices, shaping the future of micro- and nanofabrication technologies.

Dr. Monsur Islam
Dr. Ankur Gupta
Dr. Kunal Mondal
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Keywords

  • micro/nanofabrication
  • carbon
  • graphene
  • carbon nanotubes
  • energy
  • biomedical engineering
  • biomass-derived carbon
  • flexible devices
  • micro/nanodevices
  • electrochemical devices
  • sensors
  • biosensors
  • pyrolysis
  • electrodes
  • 3D printing
  • simulation

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Laser-Induced Copper/Carbon Nanocomposite from Anodically Electrodeposited Chitosan for H2O2 Sensing
by Usama Zafar, Prince Kumar Rai, Ankur Gupta, Jan G. Korvink, Vlad Badilita and Monsur Islam
C 2024, 10(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/c10020028 - 24 Mar 2024
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This work presents anodically electrodeposited copper (Cu)/chitosan gel as a novel precursor for synthesizing a Cu/carbon nanocomposite through laser-induced carbonization. Metal/carbon nanocomposites offering advantageous properties compared to their individual counterparts stand out in various applications, particularly in those involving electrochemical phenomena. However, their [...] Read more.
This work presents anodically electrodeposited copper (Cu)/chitosan gel as a novel precursor for synthesizing a Cu/carbon nanocomposite through laser-induced carbonization. Metal/carbon nanocomposites offering advantageous properties compared to their individual counterparts stand out in various applications, particularly in those involving electrochemical phenomena. However, their synthesis often suffers from complicated and time-consuming synthesis procedures. Here, we integrate anodic electrodeposition and laser-induced carbonization to yield a rapid, simple, and inexpensive procedure for synthesizing metal/carbon nanocomposite. A precursor composite involving Cu-coordinated chitosan film is achieved through anodic electrodeposition on a copper anode. Irradiation by an infrared laser with optimized parameters results in the thermochemical decomposition of the Cu/chitosan composite, rapidly forming a nanocomposite material featuring highly graphitized and porous carbon materials. Elemental mapping confirms the formation of the nanocomposite, although no crystalline phases of copper are observed during X-ray diffraction. This can be attributed to the rapid nature of the laser-carbonization process. The nanocomposite material is further demonstrated for electrochemical sensing of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), exhibiting a sensitivity of 2.65 mM−1 for concentrations ranging from 0.01 mM to 0.1 mM H2O2, and 0.01 ± 0.01 mM−1 for concentrations from 0.1 to 10 mM H2O2. These sensitivities are comparable to other non-enzymatic H2O2 biosensors. The finding of this work signifies a rapid and facile method for synthesizing metal/carbon nanocomposites with strong implications for the field of biosensors. Full article
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