Scientists discovery way to create high quality graphene in large quantities
Using a laboratory blender and a surfactant mixture, scientists at Trinity College, London, have discovered a way to make high quality graphene sheets in much greater quantities than previous methods allowed. This could lead to significantly higher production rates in the future.
The team also tested their methodology using a kitchen blender with dishwasher detergent, with surprisingly good results.
In commenting on the Trinity team's findings, Professor James Tour of Rice University in Houston, Texas, said, "The commercial development of graphene and related two-dimensional materials is at present restrained by the lack of production techniques ready for industrial scale-up... [this work is] a hands-on guide for chemical and materials engineers and practitioners to make assessments of cost and efficacy".
The findings were published online on 20 April 2014 in Nature Materials.