Graphene,does it have a use?

Discussion in 'The Science Forum' started by tuffy52, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. Military wise - armour (body and vehicle) springs instantly to mind.
  2. Electronics.
  3. ... its what flying saucer s are made of. seriously.
  4. Replace copper cables, less theft as it will be worthless to sell on and better broadband speeds for everyone.
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  5. Adaptive clothing, panelling.
  6. Replace lead in your pencil?
  7. Replace lead? There has never been lead.
  8. A mysterious material that gives the illusion that the government are doing something useful!

    A bit like think-tanks, hotlines, e-petitions and regional assemblies.
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  9. From the horses mouth - Manchester Graphene (The University of Manchester)

    This website says there is only one current product available that utilises graphene Graphene products

    It's a really new material so it's properties are still being researched, however, with time and investment these will become known, the price of the material will drop as manufacturing techniques improve and scale up and then it will be used in huge quantities in a large number of applications.

    Remember that Aluminium was once more expensive than Gold because it was so difficult to refine (required large amounts of power and new technologies -Hall ) now we drink beer out of cans made from it and throw them away.
  10. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Yes, the Emperor Napoleon III gave a dinner party with aluminium cutlery because it was flash to use such expensive stuff.
  11. I believe that last year, Graphene cost iro £1K per square centimetre to produce. Naturally the Koreans have signicantly reduced that in the last 12 months, to about £100 per square thingy. Projection is for that to reduce to £10 per square thing but, even at that low price, it is still a very expensive commodity to produce as thin and as strong is it reportedly is. Although produced as thin as a gnat's testicle, it is currently very expensive. it will, however, completely revolutionize our lives from medicine, to cars, to electricity to PCs to conductors to clothing.
  12. Can see it being used in cycling making lightweight components
  13. The UCI actualy put a weight limit on bikes so existing carbon and ally kit is more then light enough.

    The real break through will be the 3d printing of components which will reduce the cost of high end kit and planetery gears, some designs have emerged that can only be printed.