They’re calling Graphene the strongest material in the universe, and it’s hard to argue with the figures. It can be made into a carbon sheet one atom thick, conducts electricity 100 times faster than silicon and it’s stronger than diamond. Oh and it’s flexible enough to wrapped up in a roll. But before we all run around cheering, as with all new materials, it’s going to take time – lots of time – to perfect the manufacturing process. The good news is that lots of peopleare working on the issues. Good luck we say!
Graphite, the lead in a pencil, is made of stacks of graphene layers. Although each individual layer is tough, the bonds between them are weak, so they slip off easily and leave a dark mark when you write. Potential graphene applications include touch screens, solar cells, energy storage devices, cell phones and, eventually, high-speed computer chips.