Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the University today (October 14) to learn more about world-leading graphene research and celebrate the University’s new Manchester Engineering Campus Development.
Graphene: the world's first 2D material. Since graphene's isolation in 2004 it has captured the attention of scientists, researchers and industry worldwide.
- It is ultra-light yet immensely tough.
- It is 200 times stronger than steel, but it is incredibly flexible.
- It is the thinnest material possible as well as being transparent.
- It is a superb conductor and can act as a perfect barrier - not even helium can pass through it.
All this and more. Much more.
This is only the start. These are only the first steps. The potential of graphene is limited only by imagination.
So where will graphene take us? How will it change our world? What benefits will it bring to mankind? What applications will we see in the near future and decades to come?
Electronics and energy storage could also be revolutionised by graphene. Flexible, durable, semi-transparent mobile phones. Wearable technology, clothing that communicates. Electric sports cars. Lightweight planes. These are the future technologies which are becoming realistic in our present.
What does graphene look like?
- Graphene is made up of a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms in a honeycomb like structure.
- It is just one-atom thick but absorbs 2.3% of light so it can be seen with the naked eye.
- It can potentially be used to create semi-transparent electronics.