Blender whips up graphene

Blender whips up graphene

New recipe makes cheap, easy nanomaterials

By Beth Mole, 16:50 PM April 18, 2014

With soap, water, graphite and the whirl of a blender’s blades, researchers can serve up big batches of graphene, a material that shows promise for use in myriad high-tech applications.

Graphene sheets are single-atom-thick layers of carbon that, when stacked, make up graphite.  Individual sheets are sturdy, transparent and excellent conductors of electricity, giving them enormous potential for use in plastics, superconductors and many other materials. But making large amounts is tricky.


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