A synthetic leaf

The biomimetic potential of graphene oxide

Marilla Lamb, George W Koch, Eric R. Morgan, Michael W. Shafer

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Abstract

Emerging materials such as graphene oxide (GO) have micro and nano features that are functionally similar to those in plant cell walls involved in water transport. Therefore, it may now be possible to design and build biomimetic trees to lift water via mechanisms similar to those employed by trees, allowing for potential applications such as passive water pumping, filtering, and evaporative cooling. The tallest trees can raise large volumes of water to over 100 meters using only the vapor pressure gradient between their leaves and the atmosphere. This phenomenon occurs in all terrestrial plants when capillary forces generated in the microscopic pores in the cell walls of leaves are collectively applied to large diameter xylem conduits. The design of a synthetic tree that mimics these mechanisms will allow water to be moved to heights greater than is currently possible by any engineered system that does not require the use of a positive pressure pump. We are testing the suitability of membranous GO as the leaf of a synthetic tree and present an analysis in support of this design. In addition, we include results from a preliminary design using ceramics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume9429
EditionJanuary
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2015Mar 11 2015

Other

OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period3/9/153/11/15

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water
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evaporative cooling
cooling
Xylem
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Pressure gradient
Vapor pressure
pressure gradients
vapor pressure

Keywords

  • Bio-inspired design
  • Biomimetic
  • Capillary force
  • Graphene oxide
  • Membrane
  • Nanocapillary
  • Synthetic leaf

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Lamb, M., Koch, G. W., Morgan, E. R., & Shafer, M. W. (2015). A synthetic leaf: The biomimetic potential of graphene oxide. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (January ed., Vol. 9429). [942915] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086567

A synthetic leaf : The biomimetic potential of graphene oxide. / Lamb, Marilla; Koch, George W; Morgan, Eric R.; Shafer, Michael W.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 9429 January. ed. SPIE, 2015. 942915.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lamb, M, Koch, GW, Morgan, ER & Shafer, MW 2015, A synthetic leaf: The biomimetic potential of graphene oxide. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. January edn, vol. 9429, 942915, SPIE, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, San Diego, United States, 3/9/15. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086567
Lamb M, Koch GW, Morgan ER, Shafer MW. A synthetic leaf: The biomimetic potential of graphene oxide. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. January ed. Vol. 9429. SPIE. 2015. 942915 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086567
Lamb, Marilla ; Koch, George W ; Morgan, Eric R. ; Shafer, Michael W. / A synthetic leaf : The biomimetic potential of graphene oxide. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 9429 January. ed. SPIE, 2015.
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