Scientists at The University of Manchester have ‘re-discovered’ a material, which could make the construction of 2D van der Waals heterostructures easier to build.
In this video we look at how graphene can be used in aviation. There are many benefits and possibilities that graphene holds for planes both in the long and short term, such as improving the plastic that holds together the carbon fibre within the wings. This may help stop water entering the wings, which adds weight to the aircraft. It could also be used to measure strain in the wings to work out there is any damage.
Replacing the copper wiring and copper heating coils could also reduce the weight in wings which could overall prevent ice being built up on the wings. Ultimately replacing the carbon fibre in the wings is the ultimate goal, however this may be a very long term project that may be at least 20 years away.