Graphene, The Universal Material

 

Graphene is one of the most useful materials created since concrete and plastic. Most materials have a single function; either to be strong or to conduct electricity. The benefit of Graphene is that it is a multifunctional material. Graphene accomplishes this task by being two hundred times stronger than steel while also being extremely lightweight. Graphene is a two-dimensional structure made up of carbon atoms that create a honeycomb-like structure latched together with covalent bonds bound from atom to atom. Also, it is the best conductor of heat and electricity that is known.

Graphene has yet to fully establish itself in the marketplace because of its challenging nature to upscale to a workable dimension, but we are beginning to see it in products such as Tennis Rackets. Because of the versatile attributes that Graphene holds, it opens up many new areas of innovation that we have yet to explore.

To postulate, Graphene could create lightning powered sky-scrapers (channeled by lightning strikes), newspapers with moving images and ads, futures in LED lighting, opportunities to aid humans in harnessing energy through wearable technology, and expand our means of communication 100 fold by increasing internet speeds. Implementing this material into the public realm would answer the question of what to build with, and raise the question of what to build. By implementing Graphene into our institutions, we would be able to explore the diverse possibilities that it has to offer, especially as an engineer or architect. It will have a universal effect on human evolution as other materials become more available and we turn to the merging of bio & nanotechnology as one force of nature.

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Student @ University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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