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Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon. The discovery of graphene has been rewarded with Nobel Prize, in 2010 to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. It is real and has already been produced from graphite, the scale of production still remains the main restriction.

Most of the research is still at the early stage and graphene products have not yet reached the masses in commercial use, however there is a big push for investment into graphene.

Graphene, even though being the thinnest material ever, is super strong. Graphene may at first sound like science fiction, with all it's declared super attributes in many areas. Those include:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A centre for research on graphene opens

It's about time -

A centre for research on graphene, a material which has the potential to revolutionise numerous industries, ranging from healthcare to electronics, is to be created at the University of Cambridge. The University has been a hub for graphene engineering from the very start and now aims to make this “wonder material” work in real-life applications.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Making graphene from waste

We can now make graphene from sources that are inexpensive, including cookies, dog feces and other waste.

See the vid below for demonstration, or see a pretty good source article from Guardian on the whole story.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New 2D material on the scene

MoS2, molybdenum disulfide may not have the best name to it yet, but seems promising with its electrical properties.

See more in the original post.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A few videos on graphene

This is with Andrew Geim, one of the two awarded the Nobel prize for experiments in graphene.

And the second with Nobel prize winner Konstantin Novoselov

Quick charge and discharge with graphene

With use of graphene in batteries, we could have 10x faster charge and discharge. Those are the aspects regular batteries are not handling very well today. Especially those in electric cars and mobiles would benefit from this development big time.

See the article for more info.

Graphene properties change based on where it is

According to a few articles, chemical and physical properties of graphene change based on what material is near it. Since graphene is so thin, the bonds btw atoms can be easily affected by the surroundings.

This is useful in creating various patterns for sensors. The other dimension is that it behaves differently when more layers of graphene are added as well.

Read more at science daily.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Now graphene can repair itself

A new property of graphene has been discovered, it can repair itself spontaneously after holes have been made to its fabric.

It rebuilds itself from available atoms of carbon in its vicinity.

Nano Letters

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Graphene affects the prices of raw materials

I was thinking of how to visualize the graphene production cost on this site. Then my friend (Armin Roehrl) shared an information on how the graphite prices are going up. This is a significant opportunity for investment.

I would also check out this interview about the prices and future of graphite mining to get a good sober overview where to start and what to look for.

Video: Why should Europe invest in graphene?

Nice video with people from science around the Europe explaining why graphene is an important discovery and why it should be invested into.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Andrew Geim explains why Graphene is not patented

In an interview from 2010 Andre Geim mentions why Graphene isn't patented.

We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote.
I considered this arrogant comment, and I realized how useful it was. There was no point in patenting graphene at that stage. You need to be specific: you need to have a specific application and an industrial partner. Unfortunately, in many countries, including this one, people think that applying for a patent is an achievement. In my case it would have been a waste of taxpayers' money.
Long term the lack of a patent will only help to encourage innovation with Graphene, and will allow companies to find currently unimaginable uses.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Graphene traps light

Scientists can now control light at nanoscale with graphene. Which means we will have better nano-sensors.

Scientists control light at a nanoscale with graphene