Today’s Solutions: July 24, 2024

Car bodies stacked at the junkyard.

Upcycling plastic from old vehicles into graphene for new ones

Did you know that the amount of plastic used in vehicles has increased by 75 percent in the past six years? This has led to the average SUV containing up to 350 kilograms (771 pounds) of plastic that could sit in a landfill for centuries. Thankfully, researchers from Rice University were inspired Read More...

Illusrtation of graphene molecules.

3D graphene hugely increases hydrogen storage capabilities

Graphene is a material that many of us come across in our day to day lives. From water filtration systems to mobile touch screens, clever material has revolutionized many aspects of the modern world. It is made up of a single layer of carbon atoms, therefore it is referred to it as a Read More...

Woman using her smartphone out in the city

Graphene could replace rare metal needed for our touchscreens

What do touchscreen, LED lighting, and solar cells have in common? A rare metal called indium, which is a key ingredient in their manufacturing process. Indium is regarded as a technology critical element and is used in the production of thin films of indium tin oxide (ITO). Because of their high Read More...

Scientists turn old tires into

Scientists turn old tires into graphene for more sustainable concrete

Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in the world and is responsible for as much as nine percent of total carbon emissions. Scientists at Rice University have figured out a way to reduce that impact by converting waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be mixed with Read More...

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Graphene circuits are the newest supplier of limitless clean energy

Earlier this week we discussed the rise of wave energy in the renewable energy sector. Now, scientists have discovered yet another potential source of green power drawn from the thermal motion of graphene at room temperature.  The new technique captures the nanometre-sized rippling and random Read More...

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This new process turns all kinds of waste into valuable graphene

In a classic case of ‘two birds, one stone’, scientists at Rice University have come up with a clever solution for food waste and plastic waste. The solution comes in the form of a new process that can turn bulk quantities of carbon-based materials such as food waste into flash graphene—a Read More...

Researchers have finally found

Researchers have finally found a greener way to produce graphene

We’ve written about graphene before and for good reason: it is extremely strong, ultra-thin, and has an excellent electrical and thermal conductivity that opens up all kinds of possibilities. The only problem is that producing it is resource-intensive and expensive. But that’s all set to change Read More...

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The world might finally make use of graphene’s amazing abilities in a few months

In recent years there's been a lot of fuss about graphene’s marvel-like abilities and how it could make our world much more efficient, but until recently, scientists haven’t actually been able to wrap their heads around a way to produce the material on a commercial scale. A recent University of Read More...

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Innovative technique could soon allow for faster bone recovery in humans

Scientists have found an innovative treatment technique using carbon nanomaterials that may forever change the way we fix broken bones. A team of researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University tested a new formula of graphene that is biodegradable, mimics bone, attracts stem cells, and ultimately Read More...

Light-powered spacecrafts now

Light-powered spacecrafts now a possibility thanks to graphene

The new innovation field opened by the unique properties of the “miracle material” keeps generating new ideas. Of note, this research-based theory by a team of Chinese scientists that graphene sponge could be used to make a light-powered propulsion system for spacecraft that would beat solar Read More...