First theorized by PR Wallace in 1947, realized by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004, and awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 it’s a material that’s made from carbon…

There’s a great deal of money funding research, and there are many practical uses for the material that we’re likely to see marketed soon — the potential has been touted to be enormous… but the expectations that graphene is a replacemnt for silicon might be a little over stated.

Here’s a bullet list — and you can read an article on graphene on BBC News — Is graphnen a miracle material?


  • Graphene is taken from graphite, which is made up of weakly bonded layers of carbon
  • Graphene is composed of carbon atoms arranged in tightly bound hexagons just one atom thick
  • Three million sheets of graphene on top of each other would be 1mm thick
  • The band structure of graphite was first theorized and calculated by PR Wallace in 1947, though for it to exist in the real world was thought impossible
  • Due to the timing of this discovery, some conspiracy theorists have linked it to materials at the Roswell “crash site”
  • In 2004, teams including Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov demonstrated that single layers could be isolated, resulting in the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010
  • It is a good thermal and electric conductor and can be used to develop semiconductor circuits and computer parts. Experiments have shown it to be incredibly strong



Originally posted 2011-06-05 02:00:00.