Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates.
It's where science fiction meets science fact. A material 200 times stronger than steel - yet so light, even a block of its powder can balance on a flower. Graphene is the first wonder material of the 21st century - and it's expected to transform almost every aspect of life.
Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan, who leads the graphene research team at the University of Manchester says "It's the strongest material in the world, it's the thinnest material, it's bendable, stretchable, transparent, super light. The best conductor of heat, the best conductor of electricity. It's not just one thing that makes it amazing, it's the fact that it's all these things rolled into one."