Near Future Super-Material, 'Graphene' Promises Better Batteries & More


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Jan 5, 2011

In a video article over at CNN Money (called The secret to making better batteries) shared with us by FoxKat, we get a glimpse of the material that will likely make up our near-future batteries as well as a number of other products. If you follow scientific breakthrough technology much you probably already heard of this new material. It's called "Graphene" and it's a derivative material of Graphite, which is the same thing you find in pencil lead. Interestingly, this altered version of pencil lead will likely become the core material of a number of different products due to its malleable and versatile nature. It is being hailed as a super-material and the description is very fitting.

First of all, Graphene is a sheet of carbon based material that is only a single atom in thickness. It is very light but very strong and flexible. Not only that, but it is also highly conductive. One of its biggest applications will be in carbon nano-tubes which can be used in a wide range of applications. We will be seeing Graphene show up in everything from microchips to washable circuit boards to batteries. It is this last application that is the focus of today's report. CNN Money shows us a demonstration of the making of this revolutionary new supermaterial and share some of the ways that Graphene will help make future battery technology much better.

Check out the video above to get a glimpse of the future.
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