Graphene and Girl Scout Cookies

Delicious Science of the Day: Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies: they are delicious, sugary sweet, and, apparently, can store $15 billion worth of graphene in a single box.

After a team of Graduate students in the Rice University lab of James Tour was able to convert table sugar to graphene, they began to consider the possibilities – what else could yield similar results? At a board meeting following the initial experiment, Tour suggested that he and his team could grow it from any carbon source, and inspiration struck when Girl Scout Cookies were served.

The lab invited Girl Scout Troup 25080 to witness the procedure. The goal was to demonstrate the possibility of producing graphene from anywhere. Although doing so is currently difficult and expensive, the chemists assert that the amount of graphene stored in a box of cookies could span three football fields.


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