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July 14, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:53pm

What is graphene?

Find out all about graphene and its applications.

By Joao Lima

Graphene is the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material. This makes graphene the ‘holy grail’ of technology in terms of new technologies such as wearables, driverless cars, and so on.

For example, wearable devices could gain a new boost by using graphene due to its highly-conductive and ultra-flexible features.

A group of University of Manchester academics has said that cheap, flexible, wireless graphene communication devices such as mobile phones and healthcare monitors can be directly printed into clothing and even skin.

Graphene conductive ink can be cheaply mass produced and printed onto various materials.

According to the University of Manchester, graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, yet incredibly lightweight and flexible.

It is electrically and thermally conductive but also transparent, and it is the world's first 2D material and is one million times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair.

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