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.
More research is need to determine whether graphene is harmful to our bodies if ingested. Graphene is a form of carbon, a naturally-occuring material and one that is found inside the human body. However, very small doses of graphene could potentially be harmful, although no harmful effects have been recorded.
This animation looks at how harmful graphene could be and how it could affect us when being used in biomedicine or graphene production.
Narrated by Dr Ania Servant, Nanomedicine Network Coordinator, Institute of Inflammation and repair.