Chris J Powell

The Next Big Thing – Graphene

Last week I took a look at how jumping into Disruptive Technologies is much like being a member of Fight Club and I thought that I would take a look at some other Disruptive Technologies that are not only making the news…but potentially changing the world that we live in today.  Sure there are things like 3d Printing and Always Connected Internet but there is one technology that I found so impressive and had me scratching my head wondering why I had never heard of it before.

Graphene_from_gases_for_bendable_electronicsGraphene is defined by our friends over at Wikipedia as:

Graphene is an allotrope of carbon whose structure is a single planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms, that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. The term graphene was coined as a combination of graphite and the suffix -eneby Hanns-Peter Boehm, who described single-layer carbon foils in 1962.  Graphene is most easily visualized as an atomic-scale chicken wire made of carbon atoms and their bonds.

So what is this “wonder technology” good for?

Many things, if you take a look at the Graphene Flagship website and really dive into the applications of this single layer Carbon Chain.  It will be applied to everything from high frequency electronics, to nano composites, to flexible displays.

How is this magic material produced?

There seems to be a real competition for bringing graphene to mass market and organizations in Poland, USA and other areas around the world are competing for the patents that will produce the next batch of Billionaires.  Graphene Frontiers seems to be on the cutting edge of this technology:

Where did Graphene come from?

Well I can’t write it better than this interesting video:

What is next for Graphene?

Well I watched a quick video of Michio Kaku describing Graphene in all its 2 dimensional glory where he described this material being strong enough to support the weight of an Elephant, standing on a pencil on a sheet of Graphene no thicker than a sheet of plastic wrap used in our kitchens.



All this strength and it conducts electricity far better than silicon, is produced from an abundant resource and is incredibly flexible…the uses of this “Super Material” are really limitless.



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