Grrrr, one of these days I’m going to get a post out of the door before Paul, and when that happens….
Anyways, as someone who loves new stuff, and especially WEIRD new stuff, there’s not too much out there that surprises me anymore. However, I do suspect that “graphite based wafers that are seemingly stronger than diamonds but also conduct electricity well with limitless potential” stands as the longest run-on sentence I will write here at PaulTech, much less some of the coolest news to come out of the world of materials I’ve heard in a while. See, “graphene“, as it’s called, wasn’t even known to exist until Andre Giem, professor of Physics at the University of Manchester, in the UK, pulled some graphene flakes off of a graphite crystal with some adhesive tape. Why no one thought of that sooner is beyond me, but I digress. Apparently, these graphene sheets are mere nanometers thick, yet very strong and very conductive, both things which would serve it, as a material, well.