Artist uses Rice lab’s laser-induced graphene to electrify his artwork

An article featuring Joseph Cohen’s artwork mentions that it was created at Rice using laser-induced graphene, a technique pioneered by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering. Tour is quoted in a Medical News Today article about his research that determined polyethylene glycol and graphene quantum dots from common coal are just as effective at halting damage from superoxide and hydrogen peroxides as materials studied in 2013.

The Rice lab of chemist James Tour presented laser-induced graphene (LIG) in 2014 to the world, and currently, the scientists are creating art with the method, which involves changing carbon in a regular polymer or other material into microscopic flakes of graphene.

LIG is metallic and can conduct electricity. The interconnected flakes are effectively a wire that could reinforce electronic artworks.

The paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Nano Materials – merely titled “Graphene Art” – illustrates how the lab and Houston artist and co-author Joseph Cohen produced LIG portraits and prints, including a graphene-motivated landscape referred to as “Where Do I Stand?”


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