Sunday 29 July 2007

New Super Paper Created from Element 6

A research team from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has assembled particles of graphene oxide, a form of graphite and a cousin of diamonds, into very thin sheets.

They have developed a remarkably simple way to convert ordinary graphite particles into very thin but superstrong sheets that are tougher than steel and as flexible as carbon fiber but can be made much more cheaply. The discovery could spawn entirely new types of materials for applications as diverse as protective coatings, electronic components, batteries, and fuel cells.

Although this break thru has many profound implications for the creation of future technology, one can only hope this new material doesn't turn up in the stomach of an unsuspecting animal.
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