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Dong Lin, Ph.D., is a researcher at Kansas State University who’s exploring new ways of creating graphene–one of the strongest materials in the known universe that’s flexible, lightweight, cheap to make, and that carries a wide range of potential uses. By using a cold substrate and 3D printing technology, Lin and his team are creating a graphene aerogel that’s almost as light as air, in fact, it’s composed of 99.8% air, yet remains as strong as steel.

Lin is partnering with a professor of chemistry at Kansas State to tackle what he sees as a major application of this graphene aerogel: energy in the form of higher-capacity, more efficient sodium ion batteries. This is important because improving battery performance could ultimately lead to lower energy consumption worldwide.

To reach out with questions about Lin’s ongoing research, feel free to send him an email at dongl@ksu.edu.

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