Phys.org – Rice University scientists have made wood into an electrical conductor by turning its surface into graphene.
Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues used a laser to blacken a thin film pattern onto a block of pine. The pattern is laser-induced graphene (LIG), a form of the atom-thin carbon material discovered at Rice in 2014.
"It's a union of the archaic with the newest nanomaterial into a single composite structure," Tour said.
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