Have you heard about this new material that costs $2,000 per gram? That’s graphene. Not only is it extremely strong and an incredible conductor but also it can be applied to the new field of nanotechnology. There are many uses for graphene in building materials or developing flexible electronics while industrial hemp offers a similar product at just one-tenth the cost. Although both products are still largely in beta phase with lots of research yet to do, they show tremendous promise as future technological innovations
What is Graphene?Graphene is incredibly thin and light, but it has the strength of steel. It can be found on a nano-level in sheets just one atom thick! Graphene’s impressive properties don’t stop there. On top of being durable and lightweight, graphene also conducts electricity better than any other material ever discovered–except for gold. In fact, graphene could revolutionize computer technology to make everything from cell phones to quantum computers faster while using less power! Researchers Adre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov first discovered graphene when they were studying graphite by slowly peeling layers off with tape at their university in Manchester back in 2004. Their discovery was then bolstered even further when they noticed how different pieces would become electrically charged after rubbing against each other—a phenomenon which had never been seen before among materials that were otherwise non-conductive like rubber or plastic. The duo won the Nobel Prize sometime later for “groundbreaking experiments regarding two dimensional material graphene.”
Purpose for Graphene is usedIt is important to note that graphene was just discovered in 2004. To this end, while the scientific community is extremely excited about this new compound, we are still learning about its potential applications. As such, most products utilizing graphene are still in development phases and have not been readily released to consumers yet.
- Electricity & Conductivity: Graphene is widely regarded as the best conductive material on earth for both heat and electricity- so much so that it can be used for nearly any application requiring an electric current! One of the best uses of a highly conductive material like graphene would be increasing circuitry speed in cell phones, tablets or computers- all through nanotechnology!
- Nanotechnology: When you only need a single layer of atoms thick (that’s how thin they make them), then pretty much anything becomes possible – especially when it comes to working at such small scales with things like medical applications or computer hardware; which makes it very appealing to companies who use nanotech materials within their composite materials.