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# Things in Chemistry: Graphene

With Graphene being one of the most versatile materials ever discovered.. and is still relatively new. What do you guys think you would use Graphene for if it can be used in almost any application?

Also, what methods of creation would you use? I know there's a lot of different ways to make Graphene, but none of the ways I know are efficient enough to create them in a large mass.

Note by Nathan Antwi
2 years, 6 months ago

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One thing i would like to do with graphene is to mix it with another solid substance named Areogel. Aerogel is almost the same thing as graphene in its versatility , but lacks the strength when interacting with water(unless you treat it differently which makes it more expensive) and its 99.8% air. I would like to mix graphene and Aerogel together to make a sort of "super chemical" that could be both extremely light and strong. To top that off, I would like to try to make it where it can be used as a 3D printing solution, so you can basically make ANYTHING with the super material. What do you guys think? · 2 years, 6 months ago

Now, that's something of a genius!!! · 2 years, 6 months ago

@Nathan Antwi, Great! · 2 years, 6 months ago

How to make graphene: Take a long strip of scotch tape. draw a very dense layer of graphite on a piece of paper using a pencil, and stick the tape on that place, then take it off. Now you have graphite on the tape.

Next, stick the tape on itself, then separate to form two layers of graphite, each half as thick as the original. Repeat, until you have a single layer of graphene. · 2 years, 6 months ago

The easiest way to make graphene xD. · 2 years, 6 months ago

42!!!! Veritasium! · 2 years, 6 months ago

I would use it in lubricating my Rubik's Cube! And also a secret message to my friend who owns an electron microscope! :D · 2 years, 6 months ago

Good one!!!! · 2 years, 6 months ago

since graphene is made of carbon, and carbon can be found abundantly and can conduct electricity, i would invent a type of battery out of graphene to replace those conventional type batteries (alkaline battery) so that the pollution of the environment could be reduced. (i hope its not too ridiculous) · 2 years, 6 months ago

That's actually a pretty good idea but, I would wonder how exactly it would work. That's something we could ask the rest of the Brilliant #Chemistry Community · 2 years, 6 months ago

Ahh... But everyone always forgets the rising star with so much more potential...

Silicene. Its structure is exactly the same -- a single layer of atoms in a hexagonal lattice -- but just that the atoms are silicon, not carbon. · 2 years, 6 months ago

I guess we can make electrolytes with a huge surface area from it. I don't know how a single layer resists to high currents, although. · 2 years, 6 months ago