Your garden may be home to resources for technical innovations. Here’s one discovered by researchers from the Australian CSIRO. They have turned everyday cooking oil* into the wonder material graphene.
The new technique could make the typically pricey nanomaterial ten times cheaper to produce.
It also provides scientists with an inventive new way to recycle waste oil, while producing a material that is 200 times stronger than steel.
The material could be used to create everything from quantum computers to flexible television displays.
Read more at Nature Communications: Single-step ambient-air synthesis of graphene from renewable precursors as electrochemical genosensor.
*Cooking oil can be produced from the seeds of a variety of species. Most commonly used are rapeseed or canola, sunflower and olive. Also used are corn, peanut, palm and soybean.