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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.

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