Research: New carbon-based material for moisture control

25 June 2018

Scientists have developed a new carbon-based material that could revolutionise moisture control in applications as diverse as electronics, packaging and air conditioning – and which could even be used to keep footwear fresh. The new super desiccant significantly outperforms current drying agents, and is twice as absorbent as the industry standard, silica gel. The desiccant is based on graphene – an extremely thin form of carbon – and is made of layers of graphene oxide. It can also discharge moisture at low temperatures, enabling it to be used over and over again. An article about the research is published in the journal Chemical Science (News Item University of South Wales, 31 May 2018).
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