Scientist have created a material 200 times stronger than steel using only soybean oil
Graphene the world’s strongest material was first invented in 2004 at the University of Manchester. The strong carbon based material was a phenomenal discovery earning its creators a Nobel Prize in 2010. The material was extremely thin and just one carbon atom thick much like the Elvish vest made from the fantasy material Mithril worn by Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. Previous to its creation, Graphene existed only in theory which is why it was a huge discovery as the material was 200 times stronger than steel.
Unfortunately, the commercialization of Grpahene isn’t feasible due to the exorbitant production costs. Although the material hit a $ 9 million global market, it was still considered an extremely expensive material. However that was all set to change because Australian scientists have now created graphene using soy bean and that’s fantastic no less.
1 Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel
The ultra strong carbon material conducts electricity better than copper and was a revolution in metal. It was proposed for making cell phone batteries, solar cells and utilizing it for various industrial applications that would make components last 25 times longer. Now researchers have discovered how to make graphene using soybean oil which will lower its production costs by a huge margin.
Graphene can be used in a number of industrial areas such as electronics, biomedical devices and water filtration. Just 1 % of Graphene mixed with plastic could turn it into electrical conductors. As per Dr. Zhao Jun Han from (CISRO), the Australian commonwealth scientific and research organization, “One of the limiting factors in utilizing graphene is the high price compared to other materials, If we reduce the price; we can promote its application.”