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Graphene, Heal Thyself: Carbon Molecule Can Rebuild Holes

By Sophie Bushwick | July 11, 2012 10:47 am

graphene patch
The graphene filled in the smaller hole with fresh
carbon atoms

Due to their extraordinary abilities, graphene and other one-atom-thick molecules like carbon nanotubes have enormous potential for use in fields from electronics to medicine. For example, graphene is physically strong, transparent, flexible, and a great conductor of both electricity and heat—and now the two-dimensional carbon molecule can add another power to its roster: self-healing. When researchers made holes in a graphene sheet, the molecule rebuilt its own structure using new carbon atoms. This ability might help researchers grow graphene in large quantities and specific shapes.

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