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Friday, July 10, 2009

Scientists Invent Atom-Thick Carbon Sheet

I'm finally seeing the fruits of the technologies promised to me after a lifetime of reading and watching science-fiction stories:

Imagine a carbon sheet that's only one atom thick but is stronger than diamond and conducts electricity 100 times faster than the silicon in computer chips.

That's graphene, the latest wonder material coming out of science laboratories around the world. It's creating tremendous buzz among physicists, chemists and electronic engineers.

"It is the thinnest known material in the universe, and the strongest ever measured," Andre Geim , a physicist at the University of Manchester, England , wrote in the June 19 issue of the journal Science.

"A few grams could cover a football field," said Rod Ruoff , a graphene researcher at the University of Texas, Austin , in an e-mail. A gram is about 1/30th of an ounce.

Like diamond, graphene is pure carbon. It forms a six-sided mesh of atoms that, through an electron microscope, looks like a honeycomb or piece of chicken wire. Despite its strength, it's as flexible as plastic wrap and can be bent, folded or rolled up like a scroll...

Potential graphene applications include touch screens, solar cells, energy storage devices, cell phones and, eventually, high-speed computer chips.
Now, only a few more years before we get some carbon-nanotubes for my space elevator. Here comes the future, ya'll. Sweet...

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2 comments:

ex DLB said...

Very cool, JBW. As long as we don't end up like Icarus. The tower of Babel comes to mind, as well.

I hadn't seen the space elevator clip. Love seeing people do far out basic science shit.

JBW said...

If Daedalus had just used graphene instead of wax to make their wings his boy would have been OK, ex DLB. Carbon nanotubes for the Tower come to mind, as well.