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The Flaws of Graphene

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:32pm
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, there is no disputing that graphene is string and possibly the miracle material for applications, however, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobile in lakes or streams and therefore likely to cause negative environmental impacts if released.

Read: Graphene Not All Good

Here’s what the researchers found:

  • In groundwater, which typically has a higher degree of hardness and a lower concentration of natural organic matter, the graphene oxide nanoparticles tended to become less stable and eventually settle out or be removed in subsurface environments.
  • In surface waters, where there is more organic material and less hardness, the nanoparticles remained stable and moved farther, especially in the subsurface layers of the water bodies.
  • The researchers also found that graphene oxide nanoparticles, despite being nearly flat, as opposed to spherical, like many other engineered nanoparticles, follow the same theories of stability and transport.

What do you think? Comment below and I’ll see you on the flipside, right here on Meaghan’s Minute.

For more information visit http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/22044 and memoryprotectiondevices.com.

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