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Graphene: Science in the Flatland

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Imagine yourself charging your mobile and your laptop for only a few seconds. Think of the transport revolution if the charging time of the electric cars drops from hours to minutes, and the speed of electric vehicles can approach that of today’s petrol-fuelled cars. Fantasize about having a transparent car that you can fold and store under your bed. Also imagine the world when engineers can build a skyscraper supported by only few invisible microscopic pillars, and under oceans tunnels with walls thinner than Saran Wrap. These are not dreams, but the wonder material, graphene, can help us achieve these goals and beyond.

But what is graphene? What is so special about it? What makes scientists believe it is the material of the future, and how can we produce it? This talk will answer these questions and try to bring to light the mysterious science of the world’s thinnest and strongest material.

This talk is part of the SciBar Cambridge series.

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