Researchers at Rice University have figured out a way to turn trash into graphene. All it takes is a jolt of electricity. Graphene is an important material that’s found in electronics, solar panels, and asphalt. The process which is known as “flash graphene” production, can yield massive quantities of graphene flakes.
This new process is far cheaper and greener than traditional methods. It allows upcycling of food waste, plastics, and even rubber tires.
The world throws out about 40 percent of all food due to it going bad, and with concerns about plastic pollution. “Flash Graphene” production is an effective way to deal with these issues.