Graphene: the revolutionary material that will make the world lighter
Graphene appears to be the material of the future and promises to improve our lives. This new conductive material, made up of small particles of carbon, consumes much less energy than current materials.
Although it has been known of since the 1930s, it wasn’t until 2010 that people began to consider the possibility that it could have a place in our society. That year the Russian Scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov received the Nobel Peace Prize, for having managed to isolate graphene at room temperature.
Since then its properties began to be understood, like its strength, its flexibility and how easily it conducts heat. These kinds of qualities make it unique and it has multiple possible uses. For example, in medicine neuronal implants have been created that enable patients who have lost the power of speech to regain it. Moreover, in the field of renewable energy solar panels have been developed that generate energy even when there is no sun.
Although there are still a series of challenges to overcome to achieve full rollout, there are more sectors interested in this material. Computing, electronics, mobile phones and the car industry are other areas that are predicted to be revolutionised by graphene. Discover the innovations that graphene offers: