Read: Graphene Nanoribbons an Ice-Melting Coat for Radar

A microscopically thin layer of graphene nanoribbons embedded in polyurethane paint on top of a polyimide substrate forms a heating element that can keep structures free of ice. The material was developed at Rice University. The scale bar equals 100 micrometers. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University)

Graphene nanoribbons embedded in polyurethane paint, seen in an electron microscope image, are part of a deicing solution created by Rice University and Lockheed Martin. The scale bar equals 1 micrometer. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University)

A new compound created by Rice University and Lockheed Martin provides a thin, robust ice-melting coat for marine, airborne and other uses. The active element consists of carbon nanotubes “unzipped” into ribbons. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University)

A waveguide in the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour frames a graphene nanoribbon film for testing. Rice developed the material as a thin, robust deicer for radar domes and other applications. It was found to melt ice from surfaces in temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

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