DailyDirt: The Promises Of Graphene

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Materials made of carbon are amazingly useful. We've pointed out various cool things that graphene can do before, but the list really seems to go on and on (even though there are less than a handful of products on the market that actually incorporate graphene). Still, graphene could improve a lot of things, and material science often takes decades to really establish a market for a specific material. Check out these links... and maybe in 30 years or so, we'll finally get to see some of these things. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: carbon nanotubes, graphene, kevlar, materials, nanotechnology, science, stronger than steel, thermopower wave


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    Anonymous Coward, 5 May 2015 @ 8:32pm

    Carbon Everywhere

    Someday saying something is penny will mean it is strengthened with Carbon NanoTube or CNT. Penny Crete, Penny Plastic and Penny Fibers will be just the first of just about penny everything.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 May 2015 @ 5:04am

    Carbon is awesome, someday people will be made with carbon!

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    jilocasin, 6 May 2015 @ 7:03am

    Two sentences that sum up what's wrong with patents.

    Does anyone else see the inditetment of the current patent system revealing in these two sentences that immetiatey follow each other in the original article?

    "The material was discovered in 2004 from super thin layers of graphite, and now there are thousands of graphene-related patents."


    "However, it may still be a while, before widespread commercial applications are a reality."


    It looks like, either they are holding progress back, or at best will have expired long before there are any applications and therefore can't realistically serve as an incentive to anyone (excepting of course the lawyers).

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    Tavis, 6 May 2015 @ 12:30pm

    So far, I only know of one application of graphene in consumer products: as a memory foam additive to improve its heat conductivity in beds.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 6 May 2015 @ 1:19pm

      Re:

      There are several. The very first was in a special ink that allows EAS (that established anti-shoplifting tech that requires you to walk between sensors on your way out) to be implemented in the printing on a products packaging rather than requiring a tag to be attached.

      There are also graphene-based tennis rackets, skis, bicycle wheels, helmets, and other sporting equipment. It's also being used in electronic thermal paste.

      There's more, but you get the idea.

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