From use in condoms to bullet proof armour – this is how graphene is going to change our world
Haven’t heard of graphene yet? Trust me, pretty soon you will know all about it, as scientists keep coming up with more and more crazy ways to turn this ‘wonder material’ into cool stuff we can use every day. Just the other day tech fans were abuzz when the University of Michigan announced that they could produce contact lenses with night vision capabilities through the use of graphene. This is just one of a bunch of innovations that are sure to come from the graphene breakthrough.
Graphene, which is made from weakly bonded layers of carbon, can be made stronger than steel, sharper than a diamond, can be turned into a better conductor of energy than copper, and is as light as a piece of paper. In fact, one sheet of graphene is only an atom thick. It takes three million sheets to make a layer of graphene 1mm thick, but its this nanostructure that gives graphene its power. The discovery of its use was so groundbreaking that the scientists who discovered its properties and potential uses were awarded the Nobel prize in 2004. Some sources, (and rather unreliable ones at that), seem to think that graphene is some sort of alien technology. Whether it comes from outer space or an earth based laboratory, here are some of the ways graphene can change your life.