Volume 95 Issue 29 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 17, 2017 | Web Date: July 13, 2017

Plant inspire exceptionally strong and elastic graphene aerogels

The new superlight, conductive materials could make better flexible electronics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: electronic materials, graphene aerogel, strong, elastic, flexible electronics

Ultralight and exceptionally strong, graphene aerogels are attractive materials for use as catalysts, electrodes, and flexible electronics. But one property that’s needed for those applications has been hard to impart to the materials: elasticity. Researchers have now overcome that hurdle by making a squishable graphene aerogel that mimics a bendable aquatic plant’s highly ordered inner porous structure (ACS Nano 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b01815).

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