Langmuir films of layered nanomaterials: edge interactions and cell culture applications

Harries, Rhiannon W, Brown, Christopher J, Ogilvie, Sean P, Large, Matthew J, Amorim Graf, Aline, Clifford, Keiran, Simon, Thomas, Giamas, Georgios, Dalton, Alan B and King, Alice A K (2020) Langmuir films of layered nanomaterials: edge interactions and cell culture applications. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. ISSN 1520-5207

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The application of nanomaterials in technology is limited by challenges in their processing into macroscopic structures with reliable and scalable methods. Herein, it is demonstrated that using scalable fabrication methods such as liquid-phase exfoliation it is possible to produce dispersions of a wide variety of layered nanomaterials, including the first demonstration of boron nitride, with controllable and standardised size and thickness scaling. These can be used as-produced for Langmuir deposition, to create single layer films with tuneable density. Of particular importance, we show that the difference in edge chemistry of these materials dictates the film formation process, and therefore can be used to provide a generic fabrication methodology that is demonstrated for various layered nanomaterials, including graphene, boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides. We show that this leads to controllable cancer cell growth on graphene substrates with different edge densities but comparable surface coverage, which can be produced on a statistically relevant cell study amount. This opens up pathways for the generic fabrication of a range of layered nanomaterial films for various applications, towards a commercially viable film fabrication technology.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nanomaterials, Langmuir films
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 08:57
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2021 01:00

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