Graphene, discovered just under a decade ago, is quite the super-material. It is made from a layer of carbon one-atom think, it’s flexible, more conductive than copper, and, oh yeah, is the strongest material in the world. It is quite an amazing material to use in modern technology. Gizmodo revealed some of its awesome potential uses.
Plug your phone in for five seconds and it would be all charged up. The downside here is that you won’t be able to use a dead phone as an excuse anymore.
What if we actually had a clear solution for cleaning up the tainted water near Fukushima? Scientists at Rice say graphene could potentially clump together radioactive waste, making disposal is a breeze.
It could improve your tennis game, thanks to special racquets from HEAD that aim to put the weight where it’s more useful: in the head and the grip.
Water, water everywhere and every drop drinkable. MIT minds have a plan for a graphene filter covered in tiny holes just big enough to let water through and small enough to keep salt out, making salt water safe for consumption.
Touchscreens that use graphene as their conductor could be slapped onto plasticrather than glass. That would mean super thin, unbreakable touchscreens and never worrying about shattering your phone ever again.
Just a single sheet of graphene could produce headphones that have a frequency response comparable to a pair of Sennheisers, as some scientists at UC Berkeley recently showed us.
High-power graphene supercapacitors would make batteries obselete.
Graphene could pave the way for bionic devices in living tissues that could be connected directly to your neurons. So people with spinal injuries, for example, could re-learn how to use their limbs.
In the not so distant future we will mostly likely be seeing it used in some of these unbelievable applications. At the time these are all hypothetical, of course, but can be quite real before we know it.