|Chris Sorensen, Kansas State University Cortelyou-Rust university distinguished professor of physics, holds a container of graphene that was created in a recently patented method that involves three ingredients: hydrocarbon gas, oxygen and a spark plug. Credit: Kansas State University|
“We have discovered a viable process to make graphene,” Sorensen said. “Our process has many positive properties, from the economic feasibility, the possibility for large-scale production and the lack of nasty chemicals. What might be the best property of all is that the energy required to make a gram of graphene through our process is much less than other processes because all it takes is a single spark.”
“We made graphene by serendipity,” Sorensen said. “We didn’t plan on making graphene. We planned on making the aerosol gel and we got lucky.”
“The real charm of our experiment is that we can produce graphene in the quantity of grams rather than milligrams,” Nepal said.