Graphene from Girl Scout Cookies

Technology Review reports:

One box of shortbread cookies can be made into $15 billion of nanomaterials.
by KATHERINE BOURZAC

To chemists, carbon is just carbon. But graphene, the ultrathin material whose strength, flexibility, and high conductivity is promising for electronics, is one of the more costly forms of the element. High quality graphene is commonly made by growing it from expensive, pure carbon-containing gases inside a reaction chamber. In a paper published online in the journal ACS Nano, chemists at Rice University describe using dirty, cheap sources of carbon instead, including insects, plastic, and dog excrement. They even invited a troop of Girl Scouts into the lab to make some graphene from cookies, as seen in the video below:

(HT Maia Weinstock)
NOTE: Andre Geim, co-winner of the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in physics (for using magnets to levitate a frog) was awarded (together with a colleague) the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for his discoveries about graphene — including his discovery of the first reliable method for producing usable amounts of graphene. Geim used a pencil (th...

More on Sciencestage.com

    More on Wikipedia

      Related Videos

      • Graphene
        Graphene Graphene is the new wonder material. But what is the buzz all about? This short video explains the basics of graphene, the first two dimensional material. Th... From: Science LinX Views: 1178 3 ratings Time: 02:28 More in Science & Technology
      • Jumping off Bridges, Graphene - oh, and you're all AMAZING!
        Jumping off Bridges, Graphene - oh, and you're all AMAZING! Trekkers Against Bullying: http://www.trekkersagainstbullying.com/ Graphene Research: http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v110/i21/e217406 Graphene News Story in... From: The Star Trek Girl Views: 374 19 ratings Time: 06:19 More in Entertainment
      • Girl Scout Cookie Graphene
        Girl Scout Cookie Graphene Scientists can make graphene out of just about anything with carbon—even Girl Scout Cookies. They proved it when they invited a troop to their lab to show th... From: Laboratory Equipment Views: 255 1 ratings Time: 00:46 More in Science & Technology
      • One box of Girl Scout cookies worth $15 billion
        One box of Girl Scout cookies worth $15 billion Rice University lab shows troop how any carbon source can become valuable graphene Scientists can make graphene out of just about anything with carbon -- eve... From: Rice University Views: 41529 80 ratings Time: 03:31 More in Education
      • Future Applications of Graphene
        Future Applications of Graphene Graphene can be used as flexible and stretchable transparent electrodes in the future. Credit: Graphene Square Inc. (http://graphenesq.com), Vryus (http://vr... From: Byung Hee Hong Views: 814756 1426 ratings Time: 01:59 More in People & Blogs
      • Videos Proving Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic are a Romantic Couple
        Videos Proving Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic are a Romantic Couple From: so sadective 69 Views: 58 0 ratings Time: 01:22 More in People & Blogs
      • Funny and Amazing_ Rafael Nadal and Ben Stiller play vs Juan Martin del Potro and a little girl
        Funny and Amazing_ Rafael Nadal and Ben Stiller play vs Juan Martin del Potro and a little girl From: BestOfMalibu Views: 51 0 ratings Time: 03:45 More in People & Blogs
      • One finger discovery! - May 23, 2014 | BridgetBeeTV
        One finger discovery! - May 23, 2014 | BridgetBeeTV via youtube Capture Hi, I'm Bridget, but most people call me "Bee". I take many videos of my daughter and my life because I enjoy having memories to look bac... From: BridgetBeeTV Views: 21 2 ratings Time: 01:33 More in People & Blogs
      • uhlik - carbon
        uhlik - carbon Structure of carbon molecule. From: Pavel Werner Views: 35 0 ratings Time: 00:25 More in Science & Technology
      • One2one Media Design
        One2one Media Design Video and design experts with a proven expertise in Television Series, Corporate Video, Online Production and Branded Entertainment, Instructional Video (Med... From: Sid Goldberg Views: 16 0 ratings Time: 00:39 More in Howto & Style
      • Material
        Material From: Sam Alty Views: 26 0 ratings Time: 05:51 More in Film & Animation
      • Screen Test - Mariya
        Screen Test - Mariya From: Sveta Solnce Views: 44 2 ratings Time: 03:44 More in People & Blogs
      • Hold Still Ripper Ill Get YA
        Hold Still Ripper Ill Get YA Miss 6 just can't catch Ripper But she is trying... From: headturbo Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 00:30 More in Autos & Vehicles
      • MATERIAL
        MATERIAL I created this video with the youtube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) From: mcourtnestu Views: 10 0 ratings Time: 00:08 More in People & Blogs
      • What inspired me to make battery kid
        What inspired me to make battery kid From: Rowdyruffboy120 Views: 31 2 ratings Time: 01:27 More in People & Blogs
      • Nothing Compares 2 U - The Seven Deadly Bibs
        Nothing Compares 2 U - The Seven Deadly Bibs Nothing Compares 2 U, originally performed by Sinead O'Connor, performed by The Seven Deadly Bibs at Mac's Tavern in Cary, NC. 9-27-14. From: Michael Meyer Views: 29 1 ratings Time: 04:35 More in Music
      • mems promo 720p
        mems promo 720p From: vijayat2010 Views: 91 0 ratings Time: 02:46 More in Entertainment
      • FTUO BAAM ComingSoon video
        FTUO BAAM ComingSoon video From: Alexander Kusminov Views: 12 0 ratings Time: 00:10 More in Education
      • Anton Maxx - Instinct
        Anton Maxx - Instinct Check out my original instrumental! Sample from Alicia Keys - Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) DOWNLOAD FREE ON SOUNDCLOUD HERE! https://soundcloud.com/antonmaxx/ins... From: Anton Maxx Views: 68 1 ratings Time: 03:32 More in Music
      • No42 6inch gold strobe
        No42 6inch gold strobe From: Li Ansha Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 00:13 More in People & Blogs
      • Wimbledon 2013 Maria Sharapova on equality in tennis and Wimbledon 2013
        Wimbledon 2013 Maria Sharapova on equality in tennis and Wimbledon 2013 At the Women's Tennis Association Pre-Wimbledon Party, Maria Sharapova has spoken out about equality in tennis. "I think it's really important to represent g... From: Shtvnews Views: 65 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in Sports
      • material
        material From: denial karim Views: 3 0 ratings Time: 08:15 More in People & Blogs
      • Charging Capicitors
        Charging Capicitors Charging Capicitors. From: simplemcat Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 01:17 More in Howto & Style
      • Bubbagan00sh Gangsta M0de
        Bubbagan00sh Gangsta M0de From: CHANNEL ZER000 Views: 8 0 ratings Time: 10:01 More in People & Blogs
      • Next video?
        Next video? Made with Pefect Video http://goo.gl/j49pli. From: Olivia Szela Views: 22 2 ratings Time: 00:29 More in People & Blogs

      More on answers.yahoo.com

        More on Pubmed

          More on Answers.com