Do you know graphene oxide?
The spread of the novel coronavirus is taking a direct hit on the operations of airlines in Asia. About 500,000 flights taking off and landing in mainland China have been canceled since January, according to aviation information company Cerium. Tourists and business trips have plummeted. On the booking website, there are a large number of air tickets for local routes with a price reduction of nearly 90% compared with the original price and only tens of yuan for a one-way trip.
In February, China's aviation industry recorded its largest single-month loss of 24.59 billion yuan, of which airlines lost 20.96 billion yuan.
Data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China showed that in February, the number of passengers traveling by air fell 84.5% year-on-year to 8.34 million.
The stagnation of the Asian aviation industry has brought volatility to Graphene oxide.
Graphene oxide is formed by the oxidation of graphite powder by strong acid, and it is a single layer of graphite oxide. Graphene oxide is widely used in sensors, solar cells, optoelectronics and biomedicine.
1. What is graphene oxide?
Graphene oxide is an oxide formed by the oxidation of graphite by strong acid. It adopts the oxidation reaction of potassium permanganate in concentrated sulfuric acid and graphite powder to obtain a tan edge derivative carboxylic acid base and phenolic epoxy group on the plane. The graphite flake layer can be exfoliated into graphene oxide by ultrasonic or strong mixing or high shear, forming a stable light yellow monolayer graphene oxide suspension in water.
The structure of graphene oxide is shown in the following figure:
Second, the use of graphene oxide
As a derivative of graphene, graphene oxide is oxidized by strong acid, and its oxygen-containing groups make graphene oxide chemically stable, which is beneficial to the synthesis of graphene-based composite materials. Graphene oxide is a new type of carbon material with excellent properties and has wide application prospects.
Organic thin film transistors and their light-responsive devices, such as the use of graphene oxide, can increase the type and thickness of the insulating layer and enhance the characteristics of the transistor.
2. Solar cells
Comparable photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) can be obtained by using graphene oxide instead of conducting polymer (PEDOT:PSS) as the hole transport layer of polymer solar cells. When the thickness of the graphene oxide film is 2 nm, the photoelectric conversion efficiency is the highest.
3. Flexible sensor
Due to its good hydrophilicity, large surface area, and good dispersion, graphene is a good sensor material, especially in the field of flexible sensors.
4. Biological aspects
Parameters such as size, surface charge, number of layers, lateral dimensions, and surface chemistry of graphene oxide and its derivatives have corresponding effects on biological systems, and have been extensively clinically studied as medical materials.
Third, the harm of graphene oxide to the human body
It has only been ten years since graphene was discovered in the laboratory. The development of graphene is still in its infancy, and there are still material safety data and understanding of potential hazards in the application of graphene. Graphene oxide is widely used as a derivative of graphene, so new things must be applied scientifically.
Two recent studies don't seem to be good news for graphene. First, a Brown University team of biologists, engineers and materials scientists examined the material's potential toxicity to human cells. They found that the jagged edges of the graphene nanoparticles are so sharp and strong that they can easily penetrate the membranes of human skin and immune cells, suggesting that graphene is potentially dangerous to humans and other animals.
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Southern Copper Corp (SCCO.N) recently said its Peruvian mine remained closed after a six-week standoff with protesters and blamed the Peruvian government for failing to intervene in the safety of its 1,300 workers and their families.
The company said in a statement that a recent agreement to end protests at the Cuajone mine required the company to withdraw complaints against protest leaders because railways transporting minerals and supplies remained blocked. Production has been suspended since the end of February.
Peru's Energy Ministry said in a separate statement that it had also reached an agreement with Southern Copper to start talks to find common ground with local communities.
"If we shut down for a year, the government will stop receiving more than 3.1 billion soles ($830 million) in taxes and royalties, and 8,000 direct and indirect jobs will be lost. This is what we want to avoid, "Southern Copper added in the statement.
Peru has faced a wave of protests from indigenous communities, who accuse mining companies of not providing enough jobs and funding to poor local residents.
Central bank officials said last week that protests against copper mines such as MMG's Las Bambas and Southern Copper's Cuajone were dragging down the economy.
Peru is the world's second-largest copper producer and mining is an important source of tax revenue for the country. It is estimated that the supply and prices of the Graphene oxide will be influenced by that.