What Is Graphene? (Infographic)

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If graphene were on the stock market, I could see it having similar investor enthusiasm to what Tesla has. People are absolutely crazy about it, and there are some staggering numbers that explain why. We’ve been covering graphene for quite awhile, and my take on it is that it will have huge impact when production costs finally come down. (However, I think it also comes with some huge risks.)

The following Quib.ly infographic (found via GAS2) is a lot better organized and designed than most infographics out there these days. It does a great job answering the question “What is graphene?” as well as “Why are people so crazy about graphene?” Check it out so you don’t get caught uninformed at your next dinner party:

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5 thoughts on “What Is Graphene? (Infographic)

  • As I read about various wonder materials and the hope that they will make things “ten times more powerful” or “four times cheaper” I think we have forgotten we are already there. Clean Tech is available now, affordable now, we need to get on with it. Are we still waiting for the nuclear juice that is too cheap to meter? 1955 I think it was. Is anybody waiting for the affordable laptop?

    • I’m waiting for affordable black truffles. I refuse to buy another pound until after a price plummet.

      (Of course, I’ve never bought an ounce of black truffles. I did have a tasty dish in France to which, it was rumored, the chef had added a particle of truffle.)

      • A French scientist discovered a few years ago that truffles have gender (link). They need both to reproduce. Quite how you distinguish a girl truffle from a boy truffle is not clear. But at last there is hope for truffle farming!

  • You also have to make the stuff in pieces larger than a few square millimeters. Then you have to find a way to pick up sheets that are one atom thick and connect them to something else. Etc. etc.

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