Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help

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Rice University lab combines conductive foam with other materials for capable new composites
Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite. The labs of Rice University chemist James Tour and Christopher Arnusch, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, introduced a batch of LIG composites in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano that put the material’s capabilities into more robust packages.

A scanning electron microscope image shows a composite of laser-induced graphene and polystyrene. Courtesy of the Tour Group