Graphene – one atom thick carbon material

The 2010 Nobel prize in physics was awarded for “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”. More from the press release:

“A thin flake of ordinary carbon, just one atom thick, lies behind this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov have shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics.

Graphene is a form of carbon. As a material it is completely new – not only the thinnest ever but also the strongest. As a conductor of electricity it performs as well as copper. As a conductor of heat it outperforms all other known materials. It is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that not even helium, the smallest gas atom, can pass through it. Carbon, the basis of all known life on earth, has surprised us once again.”

A fascinating material – ridiculously thin, incredible strength, extremely good conductor etc etc. Listen to BBC Discovery program

LSW will attempt to be on the alert for further news on the elaboration of the use of graphene. While a fixation on technological fixes and advancements may strike some as a diversion from the harder business of repairing local and global societies, one can not help but be fascinated by such developments in science and technology.

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