Graphene is the newly discovered material which has super abilities. It bears strength 200 times stronger than steel, and can also be as light as human hair. However, the initial process of its production is costly and complex.
Conversely, experts developed a way to mass produce graphene using a simple and inexpensive process.
Arjun Nepala demonstrates special process of mass producing graphene (c) K-State
Physicists from Kansas State University say, they have brought to life a graphene-producing technique which only involves three steps. The process will only use three simple materials such as, hydrocarbon gas, oxygen, and a spark plug.
“We have discovered a viable process to make graphene,” lead inventor Chris Sorensen said in statement
. “Our process has many positive properties, from the economic feasibility, the possibility for large-scale production and the lack of nasty chemicals. What might be the best property of all is that the energy required to make a gram of graphene through our process is much less than other processes because all it takes is a single spark.”
To produce graphene, experts placed oxygen and acetylene or ethylene gas in a chamber, where the contained detonation using a spark plug is supposed to occur. After detonation, graphene is then formed. Just like that; simple and fast.
The highlight of the story doesn't end there. The best part of the process is its ability to mass produce graphene.
"The real charm of our experiment is that we can produce graphene in the quantity of grams rather than milligrams,” researcher Arjun Nepal said in an interview.
Experts said they discovered the process by accident when the team’s working on carbon soot aerosol gels. This beautiful disaster may change the lives of humanity. Potential uses of graphene may be applied to improving smartphone battery life. There can also be a graphene-based textile which could be a wearable tech. And, definitely, the possibility for bendable screens.