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August 17th, 2011

Graphene: a 'miracle material' in the making

Abstract:
Many scientists believe the remarkable properties of graphene could lead to the development of super-fast computers, flexible mobile phones and even transparent planes among other things. But will the nanomaterial live up to the hype?

Over the past decade, many scientists have been hard at work breaking apart lumps of graphite in their labs. With meticulous care, they ground crystals to ever finer powders, cutting, cleaving, polishing and inspecting, like expert jewellers coaxing gems from lumps of unappealing carbon. And just like those jewellers, the scientists' goal was a product far more valuable than the raw material. They were trying to produce graphene, a flake of graphite just one atom thick.

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