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Graphene, a Material 200x Stronger than Steel, Can Now be Made from Soybean Oil

Graphene, which is made of a layer of tightly-packed carbon, is light, 200 times stronger than steel and more conductive than copper.

With its super qualities, it has the potential to be used in everything from electronics, to solar cells, to medicine.

But it is very difficult and costly to make beyond the lab.

Many production techniques involve the use of intense heat in a vacuum, and expensive ingredients like high-purity metals and explosive compressed gases.

Now a team of Australian scientists has detailed how they turned cheap everyday ingredients into graphene under normal air conditions.

They said the research, published today in the journal Nature Communications, may open up a new avenue for the low-cost synthesis of the highly sought-after material.



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