Graphene Swirls

Graphene powder swirls in alcohol in this prize-winning photo from this year’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council photography competition in the UK. The image was captured while producing graphene ink that can print circuits directly onto paper. According to the researcher’s description, this ink is forced through micrometer-sized capillaries at high pressure to rip the layers apart and produce a smooth, conductive ink in solution. In this photo, we seem to see more conventional mixing driven by the powder’s injection and the variations in surface tension due to the alcohol and its evaporation. The graphene leaves behind beautiful streaklines that highlight its path as it mixes. (Image credit: J. Macleod; via Discover)

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