Robert Murray-Smith, Microwave Exfoliation of Intercalated Graphite,

"About halfway through I cracked the glass. Boy did it make me jump. Next time I think I will do 10 seconds then 10 seconds rather than 20 all at once. Still the exfoliation volume was truly astounding. In the first experiment I put a teaspoon of the intercalated graphite in a jam jar and it filled the jar!"

Robert Murray-Smith

Robert Murray-Smith, High Powered Diamagnetic Graphite

"Where I am heading with this is a solar driven graphite engine. It works because of the unusual properties of the graphite I used which can be got from writing to - but be sure to ask for their VOC graphite."

Robert Murray-Smith

Below, Nanotube sponge soaks up oil

This video demonstrates how Graphene Oxide when produced into a sponge has the ability to soak up oil in a water suspension. Once all the oil is absorbed into the sponge, it can then be extracted and after burning it can even be reused. 

Below, Nano cables light way to the future

Cables made of carbon nanotubes are inching towards electrical conductivities seen in metal wires, which may light up interest among a range of industries, according to Rice University researchers. A Rice lab made such a cable from double walled carbon nanotubes and showed it powering a fluorescent light bulb at standard line voltage, a true test of the novel material's ability to claim a stake in energy systems of the future.

Below, Super capacitor on Graphite/ Graphene Oxide Foil

Turning graphite oxide into full-fledged super capacitors turns out to be simple. But until a laboratory at Rice University figured it out, it was anything but obvious. Rice professor Pulickel Ajayan and his team discovered they could transform a sheet of GO into a functional super capacitor by writing patterns into it with a laser.

Below, Rice University engineering team uses wireless power for implantable devices

Rice University seniors have developed an implantable battery and charger to power a heart pump without breaking through the skin. More here:

Below, Magic Sand at Rice University

Beds of sand are commonly used throughout the world to filter drinking water. The particle size of sand and surface modifications determine the efficiency of sand in removing contaminants from water. Researchers at Rice University are spinning a bit of Nano-based magic to created "coated sand" that has enhanced properties for purification.

Below, Carbon Nanotubes Dispersed in Water

Carbon Nanotubes dispersed in distilled water without surfactants or other hydrophilising chemical agents. The Haydale Method is a unique methodology to functionalize large volumes of Carbon Nanotubes quickly, cost effectively and safely; improving solubility for practically any application without the requirements for aggressive chemical treatments.

Below, Closing in on Flexible Electronics

Flexible, transparent electronics are closer to reality with the creation of graphene-based electrodes at Rice Univ. The lab of Rice chemist James Tour lab has created thin films that could revolutionize touchscreen displays, solar panels and LED lighting. The research was reported in the online edition of ACS Nano.

Below, Gold Nanoparticle Prostate Cancer Treatment Found Safe in Dogs, MU Study Shows

Currently, large doses of chemotherapy are required when treating certain forms of cancer, resulting in toxic side effects. The chemicals enter the body and work to destroy or shrink the tumor, but also harm vital organs and drastically affect bodily functions. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri have proven that a new form of prostate cancer treatment that uses radioactive gold nanoparticles, and was developed at MU, is safe to use in dogs.

Below, The Super, super capacitor | Brian Golden Davis

THE SUPER SUPERCAPACITOR is a Finalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. Learn more about the Competition and GE FOCUS FORWARD at Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world.

Below, Vorbeck Materials's Vor-Ink video and photo

Vorbeck says that Vor-ink is a type of conductive ink that allows circuits to be drawn or printed on a variety of substrate materials including paper, paperboard, and polymer films. When compared to traditional industrial standards, it is a more economical way to lay down modern printed circuit boards that are common in today's computer-enabled world.

Robert Murray-Smith, Solid Electrolyte for Super capacitor

This is a bout converting white glue (PVAc) to the yellow polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) needed to make solid electrolytes for super-capacitors. Once you have converted the PVAc to PVA all you do is add phosphoric acid and you have a solid electrolyte for super-capacitors