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Scientists Turn Waste into Flash Graphene


Scientists at Rice University are using plastic waste to make flash graphene. This is an exciting achievement since most of the world's plastic recycling technologies are ineffective. Today, approximately nine percent of produced plastic is recycled. 

To create the graphene, the scientists expose the plastic waste to approximately eight seconds of high-intensity alternating current, followed by the DC jolt. The graphene can be used to enhance electronics, composites, concrete and other materials.

Researchers are also working to refine the flash graphene process for other materials like food waste. 

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