What You Need to Know About Graphene

Posted in Tech by Quinn  |  January 22, 2018

Graphene is the next biggest thing in the tech world. Although it is not brand new, there is lots of new research on it and new discoveries happening all the time. Here is everything you need to know about this new technology.


What it is

Graphene is an extremely thin, lightweight material. What makes it so cool is that it is actually the thinnest material in existence, only one atom wide, but also one of the strongest. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and scientists have been working to find practical applications of it since it was discovered in 2004 at the University of Manchester.


What it can do 

Graphene is already being used in products, such as battieries. Graphene batteries can charge 5 times faster than normal batteries, and there is a possibility that some phone manufacturers may start using graphene batteries. It was also recently discovered that 2 sheets of graphene put together are harder than diamond and can be used to create foil thin body armor. This is obviously a huge leap in bulletproof technology.

That isn’t even close to everything graphene can do though. It can also filter seawater, possibly detect cancer cells, and lightweight technological clothing.


What it means for you 

Graphene has an endless amount of applications across several different fields. It is already being studied for use in the biomedical and energy fields, all of which is good news for you. All of this new graphene technology opens the door for huge technological advances, like super light cars. While there is no time line on some of graphene’s coolest applications, it’s a very good sign that it is already being used in commercial products.

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