facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

DIY graphene in your kitchen blender

Graphene may have important applications in the electronics industry, as well as water treatment technologies.
By Brooks Hays   |   April 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM   |   Comments

http://cdnph.upi.com/sv/em/i/UPI-8781398180331/2014/1/13135271131507/DIY-graphene-in-your-kitchen-blender.jpg
DUBLIN, Ireland, April 22 (UPI) -- Graphene is made up of a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like structure. It is strong, flexible, lightweight, nearly transparent and a superb conductor of heat and electricity. Graphite is effectively layer upon layer of graphene.

Scientists were only recently able to construct graphene in a lab setting, but now, researchers have shown its possible to make graphene at home -- in a kitchen blender.

A group of scientists from the United Kingdom and Ireland used a variety of materials and machines, including kitchen blenders, to demonstrate how a rapidly rotating tool (a blender blade) can break down and separate the layers of graphene that make up graphite flakes, without compromising its atomic structure.

The researchers -- via experiments conducted at Trinity College Dublin -- were able to create graphene by mixing the proper amount of graphite powder, water and dishwashing liquid in a high-powered blender.

Material engineers think graphene could be added to a range of other materials to make them stronger and conductive. Some think it could replace silicon in advanced electronics. The material may also have applications in oil spill clean-ups and water treatment technologies.

The researchers detailed their work with graphene in the latest edition of the journal Nature Materials.


[Slate]
[BBC News]

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Android phones to join iPhone in saying no to the police Android phones to join iPhone in saying no to the police
2
Report: Facebook Messenger app is loaded with spyware Report: Facebook Messenger app is loaded with spyware
3
Next-generation space suits will be like second skin Next-generation space suits will be like second skin
4
Ship sunk off coast of Texas to create artificial reef Ship sunk off coast of Texas to create artificial reef
5
2014 summer was hottest on record, NOAA says 2014 summer was hottest on record, NOAA says
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback