Waste360 is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Need to Know

Garbage Gets a Second Life in Graphene

Graphene is a one-atom-thick crystalline form of carbon arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. With an industry projected to be at least $350 million by 2028, this material is expected to revolutionize the world. It’s light, strong and elastic, but it’s expensive and challenging to construct.

Researchers at Rice University have created a method to make graphene from household garbage like water bottles, worn out rubber tire and food waste. Through a hot flash of electricity on any item containing carbon, the carbon atoms are rewired and graphene is produced. 

The potential for graphine to reduce our waste and make it into something purposeful is an exciting proposition.

Read the original story here.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.