Graphene is a material unlike any other. What else could conduct electricity better than copper, be a replacement for silicon in computer chips, improve gas mileage and extend the life of your vehicle’s engine, while also being the strongest material on the planet? Ever since graphene was discovered, scientists, corporations, and governments have been racing to explore this wonder material because of its seemingly science-fiction capabilities.
- 200x stronger than steel, the strongest material on the planet
- The thinnest material, 1 million times thinner than a human hair
- Lightest material
- Highest tensile
- Most impermeable
- Highest thermal conductivity
- Best light absorbent
- Highest lubricity, known as Superlubricity
What Is Graphene?
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Why Is Graphene Just Now Growing In Popularity?
For a new substance that can seemingly do everything better, it might be surprising that we haven’t seen more uses developed that can take advantage of graphene’s incredible properties. This isn’t actually uncommon. Many new materials throughout history follow the same pattern. Aluminum was discovered in the 1820’s, but despite the early excitement about the new metal it took nearly 30 years before it found its way into a wide range of uses. Why? Because it was prohibitively expensive! At the time, aluminum was more expensive than gold. It wasn’t until scientist Charles Hall discovered how to use electrochemistry to cheaply produce aluminum that demand for the new metal skyrocketed and it began to be used for a wide range of products.
This transformation is where graphene is now. The cost to produce graphene is dropping, using the same electrochemistry methods that made aluminum so abundant. And because the properties of graphene are so incredible and widespread, you’ll soon start seeing it used in everything from computer chips to concrete.
How Can Graphene Be Used?
It shouldn’t be any surprise that a material that is the lightest, strongest, and thinnest known to man is going to have plenty of interest from a variety of industries like construction, textiles, aerospace, and the military. When mixed with graphene, concrete becomes 150% stronger and has 4x the water resistance. Paint becomes more durable, and thanks to the thermal properties of graphene can even help regulate room temperature. When mixed with oil, graphene can help improve gas mileage by 40% and extend engine life
Commercial valves coated in graphene see a reduction in corrosion. Industrial connectors, which are found on every machine, also see an increase in corrosion resistance and also benefit from using 30% less gold in the plating of electrical contacts. In the tech industry, companies are excited about graphene because of its potential to replace silicone in our computer chips. Graphene also conducts electricity better than copper and could be mixed in to help boost coppers to reach new heights.
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