- Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have made world’s strongest material graphene commercially more viable by using soybean.
- They have developed a novel “GraphAir” technology which eliminates the need for such a highly-controlled environment.
- Previously, graphene was grown in a highly-controlled environment with explosive compressed gases, requiring long hours of operation at high temperatures and extensive vacuum processing.
- The technology grows graphene film in ambient air with a natural precursor, making its production faster and simpler.
- Soybean oil breaks down into a range of carbon building units when heat is applied. It makes it essential for the synthesis of graphene films.
- This ambient-air process for graphene fabrication is fast, simple, safe, potentially scalable, and integration friendly.
Graphene & Applications:
- The potential applications of graphene include water filtration and purification, renewable energy, sensors, personalised healthcare and medicine, to name a few.
- Graphene has excellent electronic, mechanical, thermal and optical properties as well.
- Its uses range from improving battery performance in energy devices, to cheaper solar panels.