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Edible Electronics Are Here Thanks to Researchers at Rice ­niversity

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Rice University graduate student Yieu Chyan, left, and professor James Tour.

Researchers at Rice University have taken graphene and made it edible, creating what could be an entirely new class of edible electronics.

Jeff Fitlow

Researchers at Rice University say they have produced edible graphene, which could serve as the basis of an entirely new class of edible electronics.

Rice chemists have found a way to print graphene onto common items such as bread or potatoes, as well as certain fabric and paper.

Rice professor James Tour notes the material is not ink, but a process of "taking the material [i.e., food items, paper, clothes, etc.] itself and converting it into graphene."

Tour thinks an early market for this newly-discovered method could be flexible wearable electronics.

"Very often, we don't see the advantage of something until we make it available," he says. "Perhaps all food will have a tiny [radio-frequency identification] tag that gives you information about where it's been, how long it's been stored, its country and city of origin, and the path it took to get to your table."

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