Graphene ‘wonder material’ made with kitchen blender


Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the "wonder material" graphene using a kitchen blender.

Graphene is thin, strong, flexible and electrically conductive, and has the potential to transform electronics as well as other technologies.

An Irish-UK team poured graphite powder (used in pencil leads) into a blender, then added water and dishwashing liquid, mixing at high speed.

The results are reported in the journal Nature Materials.

Because of its potential uses in industry, a number of researchers have been searching for ways to make defect-free graphene in large amounts.

The material comprises a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. Graphite – mixed with clay to produce the lead in pencils – is effectively made up of many layers of graphene stacked on top of one another.

Jonathan Coleman from Trinity College Dublin and colleagues tested out a variety of laboratory mixers as well as kitchen blenders as potential tools for manufacturing the wonder material.


  • Graphene is a form of carbon that exists as a sheet, one atom thick
  • Atoms are arranged into a two-dimensional honeycomb structure
  • Discovery of graphene announced in 2004 by the journal Science
  • About 100 times stronger than steel; conducts electricity better than copper
  • Touted as possible replacement for silicon in electronics
  • About 1% of graphene mixed into plastics could make them conductive

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  1. Damn! And I was so close. I’ve been mixing foodstuffs in a blender first and then turning them into charcoal.

  2. So in the future, when I have a graphene based chip in my brain, I’ll have to add soap and graphite to my Vitamix when making my morning smoothies? 😉

  3. What is the difference between graphene and graphite? Layers upon layers of the same carbon compound. In my opinion graphene hype is about poor information presentation. All that is talked about is basic knowledge that has been known for some time, but no has yet made a light bulb from graphene, or have they?

  4. Gotta love the simple solutions. Also, the easily-amused part of me was entertained by scrolling the image up and down to give the illusion of a holographic image.

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