Can graphene keep its promise? – P. Ball, Natl Sci Rev (2014)

In this article the author interviews scientists working on Graphene—sheets of carbon atoms joined into a one-atom-thick mesh of hexagonal rings. Over the past decade, graphene has been hailed as a ‘wonder material’, which might revolutionize everything from microelectronic circuitry to ultra-strong composite engineering. Graphene displays several striking properties: it conducts electricity, it is transparent, and exceedingly strong and lightweight. It is not surprising that many groups and companies are racing to find the first major industrial application of graphene but will it live up to its promise?

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