CSIRO has graphene breakthrough with soybeans
CSIRO scientists have had a breakthrough which will allow for the world’s strongest material to become more commercially viable thanks to soybeans.
The world’s strongest material, graphene, is a thin carbon material with high conductivity, so it can be used in small electronics, computers, solar panels and many other devices.
Until now, using graphene has been hard for manufacturers because of its high cost. Traditionally it is grown in a highly-controlled environment with explosive compressed grasses, requiring long hours of operation at high temperatures and extensive vacuum processing.
CSIRO scientists have however now developed “GraphAir”, technology which eliminates the need for such a highly controlled environment.
GraphAir transforms soybean oil, into graphene films in a single step.
“Our GraphAir technology results in good and transformable graphene properties, comparable to graphene made by conventional methods,” said CSIRO scientist and co-author of the study behind GraphAir, Dr Dong Han Seo.
With heat, soybean oil breaks into a range of carbon building units that are essential for creating graphene.
Other oils can be used too
The study also included testing other types of oil, including those left from cooking and barbecues.
“We can now recycle waste oils that would have otherwise been discarded and transform them into something useful,” Dr Seo said.
The CSIRO says it is now looking for an industry partner to help find new uses for its graphene.
Researchers from The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and The Queensland University of Technology contributed to the work involved in developing the new graphene.
- FSANZ calls for submissions on GMOsoybean application
- Researchers map thesoybean genome
- Australia’sCSIRO develop world’s first gluten-free barley beer
The voting patterns in Australia’s federal election on 2 July 2016 show Australians to be somewhat d...
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is hosting a series of forums for dairy fa...
Domino’s has lifted its earnings forecast for the 2017 financial year.
Unnecessarily avoiding gluten could be harming your heart says the authors behind a new study publis...
A food safety warning has been issued telling Australians to be cautious of food poisoning when cook...
Which supermarket really has the cheapest prices?
Nielsen Australia has released new research which indicates that one in three Australian consumers w...
Recently, Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its...