This article focuses on graphene as a use of mosquito repellent. After a research study at Brown University, scientists discovered that the graphene material makes humans invisible to mosquitoes. The researchers conducted an experiment with Aedes aegypti female mosquitos and displayed human skin in a closed area for a couple of minutes at a time. The dry graphene oxide covered skin proved to be a reliable repellent to stop mosquito bites. The research conducted by the scientists at Brown University showed that on a dry surface the graphene oxide covered skin did not receive any mosquito bites. However, the graphene-oxide material’s reliance decreased when water was added to the skin.
Furthermore, the scientists were not very surprised by these results. This is perhaps due to the already vast amount of research done with a graphene based material. As the article states, “These materials have already been used in water filtration, for encapsulation, and to lace plastics and metals as a means to enhance overall mechanical strength. “
Overall, the graphene-oxide material is a reliable repellent for mosquito bites. I chose this topic because as a person who travels a lot, I often have to purchase mosquito repellent sprays to protect myself. I was interested in learning more about a possible material that could be used to prevent such bites from occurring. After reading this article, I believe the research that Brown University conducted provided a good grasp on graphene based repellent.
This photo shows a mosquito on wooden surface.