Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees

Topics:

Biological Sciences – Ecosystems

Chemical Sciences – Mixtures and Separations, Chemical Reactions

Earth and Space Sciences – Renewable/Non-Renewable Resources

Additional: Careers, Technology, Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence and Ecosystems

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter, Change of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface

Years: 7, 8, 9, 10

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Word Count: 386

Researchers have developed a cost-effective and eco-friendly way of producing graphene using one of Australia’s most abundant resources – eucalyptus trees. This interesting article could be used alongside Earth and Space, Chemical and Biological Sciences for years 7, 8, 9, and 10. It opens up a great opportunity for a discussion on the links between science and technology as well as the development of future technologies.

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