Bottles filled with water, detergent and graphene flakes – the graphene absorbs a small amount of light, leading to the darkened appearance of the mixture (Photo: CRANN)
After experimenting with the kitchen blender, the team used the more professional rotor-stator device which combines rotating blades and a stationary screen to filter the graphene flakes (Photo: CRANN)
Another view of the rotor-stator device (Photo: CRANN)
A standard kitchen blender, and transmission electron microscope images of graphene flakes (Photo: CRANN)
It is one atom thick and touted to be stronger than steel. Graphene has captured the scientific and public imagination as the wonder material of the 21st century. Now, researchers at Trinity College Dublin have found a way to extract the substance from graphite – using a kitchen blender and some liquid soap.
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