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Graphene research has exploded in recent years. The price and performance advantages of graphene challenge carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in nanocomposites, coatings, sensors and energy-storage-device applications. Now the race has begun how to produce a large enough volume of graphene safely and in a cost efficient manner.

Given the above motivation, Professor James M. Tour of Rice University (USA) led his team to use much less expensive easily available carbon sources e.g., food, insects, and waste. The group showed a simple method to grow high quality graphene directly from fisher brand polystyrene, Petri dishes, chocolates, and grass (Ophiopogon, picked at the Rice univ.) on the backside of a copper foil at 1050°C under hydrogen/argon gas flow. When graphene produced from each of the starting materials was studied using Raman spectroscopy at 514 nm laser excitation, the peaks (G, 2D, and 2D/G) revealed the graphene was indeed of high quality monolayer graphene.

This study has shown that large quantity of high quality graphene could be generated from impure carbon feedstocks.

[Reference: G.Ruan, Z. Sun, Z. Peng, and J.M. Tour; ACS Nano, Published online 2011 DOI: 10.1021/nn202625c]