Korean researchers successfully developed a technique to make 3D graphene structures, previously though impossible. Graphene is more conductive than copper, stronger than steel, and so chemically stable that it is called, the “dream material.” However, until now, it only came in flat sheets or simple lumps.
But a new technique allows the creation of 3D structures with graphene, and also allows the tweaking of the possible energy storage per unit area of the material. With the ability to manipulate graphene so exactly, it is more likely to be utilized as a custom-designed material.
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) announced on February 2 that a research team from the Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions at IBS led by Kim Sang-ouk, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at KAIST, was able to develop a new 3D graphene creation technique.
The research team succeeded in creating various kinds of graphene gels out of metal substrates with different sizes and shapes, including very large-scale and tube-shaped graphene gels.