Watch TV or read the news you can’t help but notice the breakthroughs being attributed to this new miracle material – Graphene. While there is certainly some hype, there is also fact.
Today’s reference of record, “Wikipedia”, describes Graphene as having many extraordinary properties. It is about 200 times stronger than steel by weight, conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency and is nearly transparent.
Scientists have theorized about graphene for decades but it was first measurably produced and isolated in the lab in 2003. By 2014 the global market for graphene is reported to have reached $9 million.
Most sales have been in the semiconductor, electronics, battery energy and composites industries.
With research costs coming down, new applications are being discovered, from silk to milling heads, in home appliances and the new market for personal wearables.
As more investment and research is done there is little doubt that graphene will be ubiquitous in industry, medical, transportation, and in our homes and personal lives.