Bioinspired graphene-based nanocomposites and their application in flexible energy devices

Sijie Wan, Jingsong Peng, Lei Jiang, Qunfeng Cheng

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Graphene is the strongest and stiffest material ever identified and the best electrical conductor known to date, making it an ideal candidate for constructing nanocomposites used in flexible energy devices. However, it remains a great challenge to assemble graphene nanosheets into macro-sized high-performance nanocomposites in practical applications of flexible energy devices using traditional approaches. Nacre, the gold standard for biomimicry, provides an excellent example and guideline for assembling two-dimensional nanosheets into high-performance nanocomposites. This review summarizes recent research on the bioinspired graphene-based nanocomposites (BGBNs), and discusses different bioinspired assembly strategies for constructing integrated high-strength and -toughness graphene-based nanocomposites through various synergistic effects. Fundamental properties of graphene-based nanocomposites, such as strength, toughness, and electrical conductivities, are highlighted. Applications of the BGBNs in flexible energy devices, as well as potential challenges, are addressed. Inspired from the past work done by the community a roadmap for the future of the BGBNs in flexible energy device applications is depicted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7862-7898
Number of pages37
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioinspired
  • Devices
  • Flexible
  • Graphene
  • Nanocomposites

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