Advances in Graphene Nanotechnology: Making the Paralyzed Walk

ACS Webinars

Sometimes trying radical ideas can afford radical advances, but it is also best if it is grounded in rational conjectures based upon known phenomenon. Join James Tour and William Sikkema of Rice University as they describe how one drop of graphene nanoribbons dispersed in poly(ethylene glycol) restores near perfect mobility to rats that have had their spinal cords completely severed in two. This recent discovery has important implications for those with spinal cord injuries that have induced paralysis.

What You Will Learn

  • How to make rats recover from spinal cord scission using advanced materials and the implications for humans
  • Why this treatment works and is so effective in current studies 
  • What led us into this research and story behind the discovery


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James Tour
Rice University

William Sikkema
Rice University

Mark Jones
Dow Chemical

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