The development of graphene-related nanomaterials and nanocomposite has shown their immense utility in the areas of science, engineering, and technology. These materials include graphene derivatives, graphene-supported inorganic nanomaterials and films, graphene-metal decorated nanostructures, core–shell structures of nanocarbon-graphene, and graphene-doped polymer hybrid nanocomposites. They have been prepared by various methods like chemical vapor deposition, exfoliation of graphite, chemical reduction of GO, silver mirror reaction, catalysis, in situ hydroxylation, and sono sol–gel route. The attractive properties of graphene-based nanomaterials and nanocomposites have made them ideal templates and useful as functional materials in electronics, optics, and energy-based products like solar cells, fuel cells, Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors, ion exchange, and molecular adsorption. This book provides an overview of the recent advances in graphene and related nanomaterials, graphite nanomaterials, and nanocomposites, including their preparation, functionalization, properties, and potential applications. It presents novel approaches for the preparation of graphene nanomaterials from graphite, which will boost both product- and process-oriented industrial research.
Satyendra Mishra obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, in 1989. In the same year, he started his career as assistant lecturer at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. From 1991 to 1994, he worked as senior scientific officer (grade II and subsequently grade I) in the Delhi College of Engineering (now known as Delhi Technological University), India. He joined North Maharashtra University (NMU), India, in 1994 and served as reader and head and later professor and head from 1999 in the University Department of Chemical Technology, now known as the University Institute of Chemical Technology (UICT), NMU. Currently, he is HAG professor and founder director of UICT. Prof. Mishra has been continually engaged in teaching and research activities for the past 33 years. He has published over 216 research papers in various international and national journals, 1 book and 3 book chapters, 7 course materials for the AICTE and filed 10 Indian patents. He is recipient of several awards for his excellent contribution in research and academics. His areas of research are polymer-based nanocomposites, hybrid nanomaterial–based composites for gas-sensing applications, nanocatalysis, wood polymer composites, biodegradable polymers, water-soluble polymers, conducting polymers, nanopolymers and reaction engineering aspects of depolymerisation reactions.
Dharmesh Hansora has worked as a senior research fellow in the Department of Plastics Technology, UICT, NMU. He obtained his master’s degree in polymer technology from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, in 2011. He has presented his research work in various conferences and received a couple of awards. He has worked in different areas and filed some of his research for Indian patents. He has also written three book chapters. His areas of research are carbon nanostructures and conducting polymer nanocomposites and their potential applications.