GRAPHENE the wonder material – STEM Science

STEM Science for the budding young scientist:

Graphene is thought to be the new ‘miracle material’.

GRAPHENE the wonder material - STEM ScienceIt is unbreakable but stretchable like rubber, and can carry electric charges far faster than currently used materials. Yet, it is only about a 1-atom thick sheet of graphite, a form of carbon. To get a sense of how thin that is, a sheet of aluminium foil is thousands of atoms thick!

It was discovered only a few years ago, and can potentially be used in everything from medicine to computers, as well as hydrogen storage for zero-emission cars, solar panels, DNA sequencing, capacitors for the next generation of electric cars, chemical sensors and much more.

The 2 scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, from the University of Manchester, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics.

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