Graphene: The good and the great

By Laura Syrett, Kasia Patel
Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

The nanocarbon is gradually beginning to appear in consumer products, but as Laura Syrett, Acting Editor and Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discover, there is a tension between getting graphene commercialised quickly into useful but ordinary items and the more time consuming business of realising the material’s game-changing potential.

Since its discovery in 2004, there has been a running joke that graphene can do anything, except get out of the lab. 

The 2D material, described in simple terms as a single layer of carbon atoms that can be derived from a number of precursors, including natural graphite, has...

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