Nuclear Mop


Usefulness of graphene, the one-atom-thick sheet of pure carbon, never seems to end. The wonder material has been found to be good at soaking up radioactive waste from water. When particles of graphene oxide are added to water containing nuclear waste, it makes the radioactive material condense into lumps within minutes.

These lumps can easily be skimmed from the water and burnt off leaving a cake of radioactive material that can be reused or disposed of. Physical Chemistry.


Down To Earth, January 2013