Posted By thestatedtruth.com on September 15, 2014
It’s called Graphene, and it was discovered in 2004, but in an unworkable form. Since then a lot has changed, so you’ll be hearing about this new super substance in the future as it becomes much more workable and its uses grow exponentially! It’s said to be one million times thinner than a human hair, be 200 times stronger than steel and up to 1,000 times more conductive than silicon?
Graphene is a carbon crystal known most famously as the gray, slippery “lead” of pencils. It’s the thinnest material ever made just one carbon atom thick and has novel properties that researchers hope will lead to twisty television and smartphone screens, super-fast conductors, targeted cancer treatments, sturdier tennis rackets and a zillion other things.
Europe is spending a fortune to develop graphene into an industrial super-ingredient. Tech companies have begun stockpiling patent applications that include graphene, with Samsung off and running with it.
The ambition is that one day graphene will be fabricated in the same way that you print newspapers — in a roll to roll process using the same kind of equipment. This will change the entire economics of the electronics industry.
Graphene was the first two-dimensional material to be discovered, but it is not the only one. Now there are more than 10 materials that are all two-dimensional with complimentary properties that could be integrated with graphene to provide extra functionality.
Boron nitride for example is also one-atom thick and instead of being a conductor it is an insulator (of heat), the best insulator we know. If you go to three atoms thick we have another material called molybdenum disulfide which is a semi-conductor, like silicon, but lighter and stronger.
These materials can then be combined in order to fabricate completely new material structures that don’t exist in nature. That makes this a very powerful proposition.
Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, thinner than a sheet of paper, and more conductive than copper.
And that’s not all…
Researchers the world over are using it for critical advances in a variety of industries. Graphene makes:
Solar – 50x-100x more efficient
Semiconductors – 50x-100x faster
Aircraft – 70% lighter
Batteries that charge 10x faster and store 10x more power…
Phones and computer displays that bend and fold…
And even the potential to make people and things completely invisible.
That’s quite a story for a new material now deemed so vital to our future that it’s been named a “supply critical mineral” and a “strategic mineral” by the United States and the European Union.
Sources: Wise Dog Research, Bloomberg, CNN Tech, TheStatedTruth.com