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Findings from NIMS Update Understanding of General Science

February 14, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Researchers detail new data in Science. According to news reporting out of Ibaraki, Japan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Three-dimensional graphene architectures in the macroworld can in principle maintain all the extraordinary nanoscale properties of individual graphene flakes. However, current 3D graphene products suffer from poor electrical conductivity, low surface area and insufficient mechanical strength/elasticity; the interconnected self-supported reproducible 3D graphenes remain unavailable."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from NIMS, "Here we report a sugar-blowing approach based on a polymeric predecessor to synthesize a 3D graphene bubble network. The bubble network consists of mono-or few-layered graphitic membranes that are tightly glued, rigidly fixed and spatially scaffolded by micrometre-scale graphitic struts. Such a topological configuration provides intimate structural interconnectivities, freeway for electron/phonon transports, huge accessible surface area, as well as robust mechanical properties."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The graphene network thus overcomes the drawbacks of presently available 3D graphene products and opens up a wide horizon for diverse practical usages, for example, high-power high-energy electrochemical capacitors, as highlighted in this work."

For more information on this research see: Three-dimensional strutted graphene grown by substrate-free sugar blowing for high-power-density supercapacitors. Nature Communications, 2013;4():48-55. Nature Communications can be contacted at: Nature Publishing Group, Macmillan Building, 4 Crinan St, London N1 9XW, England. (Nature Publishing Group -; Nature Communications -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting X.B. Wang, NIMS, Nanotube Grp, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3050044, Japan. Additional authors for this research include Y.J. Zhang, C.Y. Zhi, X. Wang, D.M. Tang, Y.B. Xu, Q.H. Weng, X.F. Jiang, M. Mitome, D. Golberg and Y. Bando (see also Science).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Japan, Ibaraki, Science

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