Year 10 have recently studied graphene in Chemistry Unit 2 Bonding, structure and properties of matter.
Graphene was only isolated from graphite in 2004 by two researchers at Manchester university, Prof Andre Geim and Prof Kostya Novoselov. Their discovery led to them being awarded the Nobel prize in Physics in 2010. Subsequently, the National Graphene institute was set up in Manchester in 2015.
This one atom thick material is now set to revolutionise almost every part of daily life.
Graphene is stronger than steel, yet incredibly lightweight and flexible.
It can conduct electricity and thermal energy and is also transparent.
One new use of graphene has just recently hit the headlines as it is going to be used to resurface parts of the A1 motorway in Northumberland. This work will hopefully produce a stronger road that could lengthen the motorway’s lifespan. The resurfacing could also improve driver safety and reduce the frequency of roadworks because the road will be more durable. The uses of graphene could be endless!
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