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Graphene Monoxide Turns Graphene Into a Monoxide

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee claim to have discovered a new carbon material that should push graphene-based electronics much closer to commercial reality.

Graphene Monoxide (GMO) can be scaled into mass production much easier than pure graphene, said says Junhong Chen, professor of mechanical engineering and a member of the research team at UWM. He also confirmed that GMO is semiconducting, which expands the use of graphene beyond conductors and insulators.

According to scientists, GMO complements the characteristics of the existing graphene and enables the material family to be a complete solution for future electronic devices. GMO's foundation is the insulator graphene oxide (GO), which turns into GMO when heated in vacuum. The scientists said that heat causes carbon and oxygen atoms in GO to be aligned and transition to an "ordered, semiconducting GMO." Different temperatures resulted in the creation of four new materials during the experiment.

Apparently, the discovery was an "accident," as it was not the expected result when GO was heated.

“We thought the oxygen would go away and leave multilayered graphene, so the observation of something other than that was a surprise,” said Eric Mattson, a doctoral student at UWM.

The scientists also noted that GMO has only been created in a "small lab" environment and they were not sure what problems they may encounter when scaling the production.

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    freggo , April 27, 2012 5:21 PM
    "Graphene Monoxide Turns Graphene Into a Monoxide"

    Is it just me or does the headline not make any sense ?

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    cheddarlump , April 27, 2012 5:24 PM
    These schnozberries taste like schnozberries!
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    jaber2 , April 27, 2012 6:30 PM
    The best things are discovered by accident, like peanut butter with chocolate.
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  • 34 Hide
    freggo , April 27, 2012 5:21 PM
    "Graphene Monoxide Turns Graphene Into a Monoxide"

    Is it just me or does the headline not make any sense ?

  • 23 Hide
    cheddarlump , April 27, 2012 5:24 PM
    These schnozberries taste like schnozberries!
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    JamesSneed , April 27, 2012 5:29 PM
    Nope the title make zero since at all. By the title Graphene Monoxide (which was created from heating Graphene) turns Graphene into a Monoxide. Chicken meet your egg.

    Maybe "Heat turns Graphene Into Graphene Monoxide"
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    blazorthon , April 27, 2012 5:30 PM
    This is an interesting article, but I have one problem with it:

    Quote:
    Graphene Monoxide Turns Graphene Into a Monoxide


    Am I missing something, or is there a typo here? That seems to be like saying that alloying steel with aluminum makes the new alloy turn the steel into an aluminum alloy. It's like trying to state the obvious, but then not making sense when you actually think about the sentence.
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    stingstang , April 27, 2012 5:31 PM
    freggo"Graphene Monoxide Turns Graphene Into a Monoxide"Is it just me or does the headline not make any sense ?

    Yea, it's more like "Heat turns Graphene oxide into Graphene monoxide"
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    hythos , April 27, 2012 5:39 PM
    The effective result, is the Graphene "burning" without decomposing. The end result is a carbon (graphene)-oxide material that is exceptionally efficient at thermal transfer (according to their accidental discovery). It seems similar to how Thomas Edison created his Carbon filiments.
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    Parsian , April 27, 2012 5:57 PM
    This is a Noble Prize discovery. Mark my word ;) 
  • 11 Hide
    Anonymous , April 27, 2012 6:04 PM
    Suggested title change: "Thermolysis of Graphene Oxide in an Oxygen-free Environment Produces Graphene Monoxide"
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    jamie_1318 , April 27, 2012 6:23 PM
    The title is awful. Please fix it. It makes zero sense. Any Editor should catch that. Graphene monoxide does not make graphene into a monoxide, the researchers did that.
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    jaber2 , April 27, 2012 6:30 PM
    The best things are discovered by accident, like peanut butter with chocolate.
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    slicedtoad , April 27, 2012 6:49 PM
    ^now im hungry...
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    tburns1 , April 27, 2012 7:05 PM
    mrmuskratSuggested title change: "Thermolysis of Graphene Oxide in an Oxygen-free Environment Produces Graphene Monoxide"


    Oh yeah, that just clears it up for me ten fold ...
    [scratches head]
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    Crush3d , April 27, 2012 7:30 PM
    Good accident..
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    blazorthon , April 27, 2012 7:45 PM
    tburns1Oh yeah, that just clears it up for me ten fold ...[scratches head]


    Replace thermolysis with heating and it looks good to me.
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    CaedenV , April 27, 2012 8:17 PM
    jamessneedNope the title make zero since at all. By the title Graphene Monoxide (which was created from heating Graphene) turns Graphene into a Monoxide. Chicken meet your egg.Maybe "Heat turns Graphene Into Graphene Monoxide"

    LOL, "Chicken meet your egg" Classic!
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    fb39ca4 , April 27, 2012 10:03 PM
    Descriptive title is descriptive.
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    Mhawk13 , April 28, 2012 4:30 AM
    Can we have our graphene-based CPU now?
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    NatureTM , April 28, 2012 7:20 AM
    Nice to see my school make some news again. I'll have to congratulate these guys if I see them around the EMS building.
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    doive1231 , April 28, 2012 7:56 AM
    Not as "planar" though, is it?
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    yumri , April 28, 2012 10:05 AM
    i am with the ppl who are saying the title is wrong as it just plain is and it should be changed b/c it is but it is still a good discovery as it is getting closer to having a graphene-based heat sink to go over your computer parts. In this @mhawk13 no you will not have a graphene-based CPU as that is not what the alloy is good at its not conductive but not to conductive enough to form a CPU material but it is in Intel's trigate so in a way if you get a CPU with Intel's trigate tech in it you have your graphene CPU even though the graphene is for stopping the crosstalk in the electric flow.
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