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July 20, 2006

New Graphene based Composite Materials

Northwestern University researchers have developed a process that promises to lead to the creation of a new class of composite materials -- “graphene-based materials.”

The method uses graphite to produce individual graphene-based sheets with exceptional physical, chemical and barrier properties that could be mixed into materials such as polymers, glasses and ceramics. The Northwestern team's approach to its challenge was based on chemically treating and thereby “exfoliating” graphite to individual layers.

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