Lighter than hair, stronger than steel: A startup experiments with a wonder material

For more than a decade, it has been called the wonder material, but few know about it and very little has been done to put it to use. It is one million times thinner than a single strand of human hair and yet, it is 200 times stronger than steel and nearly transparent. Many scientists are of the opinion that Graphene could develop technology that can be further used to build extremely fast computers, bendable smartphones and for all we know, even transparent planes. Graphene is a boon for manufacturers. Graphene can be made by pressing graphite into sheets that are one atom thick. It is so thick that only a gram of the material is enough to cover an entire football field! Silicon, as is established, is a great conductor of electricity. Graphene can do the same 250 times more than silicon can.

To appreciate what Graphene can do, it is important to get a tad technical and delve into the details. As it breaks from graphite, Graphene takes the sha ...

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