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Graphene is going to revolutionize the 21st Century

Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest material known and yet is also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Graphene is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that even the smallest atom helium cannot pass through it.

Originally thought to be unstable in its free state it proved to be quite the opposite when isolated by Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2003. The results of this work, which were published in 2004, heralded a new dawn in the study of two dimensional materials and of graphene in particular.





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