Rutgers University engineers have discovered a simple way to produce high-quality graphene that will be used in energy storage, catalysis, and flexible and printable electronics. The method is to bake the compound in a microwave oven, which leads to "exceptionally high quality graphene with properties approaching those in pristine graphene," said Manish Chhowalla (Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as director of the Rutgers Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology).

The Rutgers engineers’ research was funded by the National Science FoundationRutgers Energy InstituteU.S. Department of Education and Rutgers Aresty Research Assistant Program.

The study’s lead authors are Damien Voiry, a former Rutgers post-doctoral associate in Chhowalla’s Nano-materials & Devices Group who is now at the University of Montpellier in France, and Jieun Yang, a post-doctoral associate in Chhowalla’s group. Other authors include Jacob Kupferberg, who will be a Rutgers senior this fall; graduate student Raymond Fullon; Calvin Lee, who graduated in 2015; Hu Young Jeong and Hyeon Suk Shin from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea; and Chhowalla.

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