Graphene is superstrong and superconductive, and it has applications in everything from construction to electronics. But to date there have been almost no commercial uses of the material.
An unusual folded shape in a meteorite prompted scientists to dive deep into a rabbit hole – discovering a potential new way to make specially shaped diamonds in the lab.
Canada could become a global leader in the supply of materials needed for renewable energy systems if it finds ways to control the environmental footprints associated with their extraction.
Mountains can’t be created without lubricant, and 2 billion years ago that lubricant was graphite produced by the carbon broken down from layers of dead plankton on the ocean floor.
Our research marks the first case of both normal diamonds, as well as Londaleite, being produced in a lab setting using only intense pressure.
Building renewable energy infrastructure involves mining for materials such as lithium, graphite and cobalt. If not done responsibly, that could cause huge environmental damage.
Layering substances like graphene in new ways could help us to build quantum computers or transmit electricity over long distances.
Hailie Selassie thought his country’s gold could rival the biggest deposits in the world. He may be proven right.
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
We need to think about the raw materials of batteries – where they come from and their environmental cost.
Australia needs to move beyond mining graphite and invest in processes that convert it into synthetic diamonds and use it to create carbon fibres.
By mimicking the structure of cork, graphene can be turned into a strong yet elastic material. Graphene is formed when graphite…
A combination of water and graphite could create energy storage systems which recharge in a matter of seconds and have an…