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Camera Flash Turns an Insulating Material Into a Conductor


August 10, 2009

graphene film An insulator can now be transformed to conduct electricity by an ordinary camera flash. A team of Northwestern University researchers has found a new way of turning graphite oxide--a low-cost insulator made by oxidizing graphite powder--into graphene, a hotly studied material that conducts electricity. Scientists believe graphene could be used to produce low-cost carbon-based transparent and flexible electronics. Full Story

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