A comprehensive review on wettability, desalination, and purification using graphene-based materials at water interfaces

Seongpil An, Bhavana N. Joshi, Jong Gun Lee, Min Wook Lee, Yong Il Kim, Min woo Kim, Hong Seok Jo, Sam S. Yoon

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Graphene has several outstanding properties that make it suitable for use in a wide range of electronic devices and applications. Although the use of graphene has led to considerable increases in the performance of such devices, recent global concerns regarding water pollution have necessitated studies on graphene as a green material. The fact that graphene shows unique wetting characteristics and has a carbon-based porous structure suggests it should hold great promise for use in water desalination and purification. Thus, understanding the behavior of water at graphene interfaces is necessary for further enhancements in the desalination and purification processes. Hence, this review focuses on the recent advances made in these research areas, while considering the wettability of graphene, and aims to provide insights into the development of graphene-based water desalination and purification technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-25
Number of pages12
JournalCatalysis Today
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Korea University Future Research Grant and also by Business for Cooperative R&D between Industry, Academy, and Research Institute funded Korea Small and Medium Business Administration (C0421241). This research was also supported by Global Frontier Program through the Global Frontier Hybrid Interface Materials (GFHIM) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2013M3A6B1078879) and the Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes of the National Research Foundation (NRF-2016M1A2A2936760).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier B.V.


  • Desalination
  • Graphene
  • Purification
  • Wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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