What is Graphene?
Graphene is a wonder material, the world’s first two-dimensional material. It is one of the strongest martials known to man, more than 200 times strong than steel. And yet graphene is only one atom thick, meaning it is not only the thinnest material possible but it is also extremely flexible. And its single atom thickness means it is ultra-light weight and transparent.
Its physical properties are bewildering, as are the potential applications for this revolutionary material. Graphene has the ability to conduct electricity and heat with outstanding levels of efficiency which has applications in semiconductors, transistors and batteries. Graphene’s qualities enable it to act as a barrier, meaning that even helium molecules cannot pass through it.
As one of the strongest materials known, its conductive and robust qualities mean it is likely to succeed silicon as the most important material in electronics. Yet many of the potential applications for graphene have yet to be imagined.
As with diamonds and many other materials, graphene is a material that is comprised entirely of carbon. Like graphite, the carbon atoms are arranged in a regular honeycomb crystal lattice, although unlike graphite it is only one atom thick. Being only one atom thick, graphene is extremely light and has some truly remarkable properties:
- Harder than diamonds
- Stronger than steel
- Thinner than paper
- More flexible than rubber
- Better conductor than silicon
- More transparent than water
- Less permeable than glass
Graphene has the ability to revolutionize industries from electronics to medicine, aerospace to energy, and many other products and applications yet to be invented. KoreaGraph is ideally positioned to lead research and technological innovation to explore new applications for graphene and capitalize upon the most profitable markets.